Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Good Things Jar Challenge

I am not into making New Year's resolutions, but at the end of last year, the teenager and I decided that we could use a bit of an attitude adjustment -- to focus on all the good things that happen to us instead of harping (and obsessing) on the bad. No easy task for a teenage girl and a jaded middle-aged woman.

So on New Year's Day we created the Good Things Jar (technically the Good Things Rubbermaid Container, but "Jar" had a better ring to it).

As you can see, the Good Things Jar is currently empty (though the teenager found out last night that she got a 97 on her end-of-year Math test, so that will go into the jar later).

The goal: to fill the jar -- maybe even create a second jar! -- by the end of 2013. Not an easy task for two people whose philosophy is "hope for the best, expect the worst," though the teenager used to be way more positive before her hormones and high school kicked in. Still, I think it is possible for each of us, certainly her, to find one really good thing to note and write down each day. That said, things like "found a good parking spot," "school didn't totally suck," "I didn't burn dinner," and "had a good hair day" don't count. Items that go into the Good Things Jar have to be true accomplishments or good deeds. But that just adds to the challenge, in a good way.

Will give you a progress report over the summer and again at the end of the year.

In the meantime, wish us luck!



Anonymous said...

"Inspire others to be better" That goes in the 'jar'!!!!

Dave S. said...

I am on the tail end of school break at home with the kids, in the midst of a massive filing backlog, and have a cold, so I may have missed something. But what are you filling the jar with?

Happy New Year!

J. said...

@Dave S., As you are suffering from the dreaded man cold, I am refraining from providing a sarcastic reply. You -- or we -- fill the jar with small slips of paper, each of which records a "good thing" that happened that day.

J. said...

@Dave S., oh wait, where you being sarcastic? Hard to tell with your head cold.

Anonymous said...

Love it, love it, love it!!! Thinking of stealing the idea for myself/ourselves. We could all use a little reminder that good things really do happen to US!!

Dave S. said...

I plead man cold - missed the part about writing stuff down.