I hope everyone is doing well and taking care of themselves during Mental Health Awareness Month. For week two, this project is pretty simple and straightforward. We are going to make some positivity and/or affirmation jars. These jars are meant to be filled with positive thoughts each day to help encourage you to be aware of the good things that happen every day. This can be especially important during hard times!

Making these are easy as all you need is to find some jars and whatever you want to decorate it which can be extensive or plain—either way is okay and there’s no wrong way to do it! I save and reuse glass pasta jars and used that to make mine. For the decorations, I grabbed some origami paper that I had, beads, and markers.

After you make your jar, all you need to do is try to put in a positive thought or affirmation each day and date them. It’d be best to put the jar somewhere you’d see it often and sit often, like the dining table or living room table. This can ensure that you stay active in filling it!

What you write down does not have to be ground-breaking wisdom and can just be, “this morning was good because I had a great breakfast” or “I was happy today.” You can even put in positive words about yourself like “I am wonderful,” or quotes that you like and find comfort in.

Making sure that you do this often can be helpful during those down days as you can look through the jars and remember the good that’s happened. When negative things happen, we tend to focus on it more than the good and these jars can help nudge you into remembering that we still have things to feel good about.

Creating a positivity jar is beneficial because when you notice the small positive things that happen to you each day, they become easier to notice and you’ll start actively looking out for them too!

Mariah Pugliese is a Reference Librarian at the Kirkwood Public Library. When not at the library, she enjoys reading and writing sci-fi/fantasy and taking care of her 25+ houseplants who are all named after fictional characters in literature.