For the New Year: Make a Good Things Jar

good things jar filled with memories and a pad of paper and pen on the side

New Year Memory Jar

A Good Things Jar is something I heard about on accident three years ago.

It is now my most favorite tradition I have for myself (and my family). I cannot wait to tell you about it!

While standing in line at the Trader Joe’s checkout, I overheard the cashier ask a lady what her New Year’s Eve plans were.

The gal replied that every year on New Year’s Eve, she reads her notes from her Good Things Jar. Anytime she has a fun experience or anything good happen to her, she writes it on a piece of paper and sticks it in the jar.

Then on New Year’s Eve, she reads her year’s worth of good memories.

I absolutely loved that idea and went to the Container Store shortly thereafter to make my own Good Things Jar (I call mine a Good Times Jar).

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Good Things Jar DIY Materials

good things jar, note pad, and pen

I have been using a white container, but I’d like to switch to a cute glass jar like this one or this one.

Standard sticky notes works well, but I am switching over to non stick pieces of paper.

Keep the jar, pad of paper, and a pen all next to each other so that jotting down a good experience is convenient and easy all year long.

The Power of a Good Things Jar

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Focusing on the positive makes everyone feel better. Always!

When I find myself in a rut–be it that I am grumpy for whatever reason–and I see my Good Times Jar sitting on my dresser, it snaps me out of my mood.

Without even opening the jar (because I only read my memories on New Year’s Eve), I am instantly reminded I have lots to be thankful for.

The physical object of a positivity jar right in front of your face is impactful on those grumpy days.

Having the jar in a spot where I see it every single day two times a day (when I am getting dressed and going to bed), I am reminded to make fun memories and to focus on the good.

I have an almost 3 year old and a 5 year old. As a tired, busy mama, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the everyday shuffle of life. The Good Times Jar motivates me to plan something fun for my family. We can’t have an empty jar on New Year’s Eve!

It’s amazing what you forget what happens in a year! I recommend putting the date on each note for that reason.


New Year’s Eve is just around the corner as I write this, and I am so very excited to read our jar as a family on the couch–especially because our 5 year old will remember it more this year.

All of us reminiscing together is a sweet experience. I love all the smiles that come from this New Year’s Eve tradition.

As my children grow, I envision having the Good Times Jar in a spot where we can all contribute to it–maybe on a book case in our living room or somewhere in the kitchen.

Or, maybe we will have each child create their own Good Times Jar to keep on their dressers for us all to share with each other at the end of the year.

Whichever way we choose, I know it will be fun and special.

Final Thoughts

Sharing positivity and reflecting on the fond memories of the year cultivate inspiration and excitement for the following year.

Creating a Good Things Jar is a simple and fun New Year’s Eve tradition that is sure to become a favorite way to celebrate the good times!

Do you have a favorite New Year’s Eve tradition? I’d love to hear! Share in the comments section below.

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