Day 1 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : Happiness Jar
I was a member of the English Choir in school. It was a long time ago though... late 80s and very early 90s. So I don't remember most of the songs now. There is one song, however, that I still remember, even after all these years. And it goes like -
When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
I was barely a teenager back then though. So the words didn't mean much at that time. Most young ones are in a "by default" blessed state anyway. So "counting their blessings" means nothing to them. It's only when we grow up, when we have been tossed around by life, and when we give in to despair, that we understand the meaning of "blessings".
Yesterday, I discovered that some people in this world actually follow the advice of this song... literally!
Vidya Sury has made it a family practice of counting their blessings -- little everyday things that make us happy, that we generally don't even notice -- and they (her family members) write them on slips of paper and store them in their "Happiness Jar" (http://vidyasury.com/2011/10/my-happiness-project.html).
Since it's a jar, I suppose we can also add little mementos from our happy moments in life - souvenirs from some place we had super fun, a wrapper from a surprise gift of chocolates maybe, photographs, other little odds and bits.
Isn't it a brilliant technique to shift our emotional state from sad to happy?
I don't remember now where I read this (it was some book), but our mind can hold only one thought at any given point of time. If it's a sad thought, we become sad. If it's a happy thought, we automatically become happy. And this "Happiness Jar" can be that perfect vehicle for transporting us from the state of unhappiness to happiness.
In fact, as Vidya says in her post - "... it may not even be necessary to open the jar and read each slip... just seeing it fill up will be motivating, inspiring."
This is my first post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
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