Friday, 8 April 2016

The Anti-Sadness Jar | DIY

Hello,

Happiness is something we all strive for. After all, everybody wants to be happy :) So myself and Emma from the lovely little blog " Ems World" have been working together to think of ways to help you boost the focus on creating happiness in life so you can really live life to the full ! So pop over to Emmas blog to read a wonderful post she's put together on 'How to be more positive' for lots of helpful tips that will leave you bursting with sunshine :) Unfortunately, there are times when you're feeling what can only be described as a lil bit rubbish. And I can't stress enough that that's completely okay and you should always let yourself have the time to feel sad until you're ready to get up and going again and... well , as my girlfriend would say " Get your sparkle back ". So today I thought I'd show you a quick and easy DIY you can make to help you out in those moments when you're ready to put a smile on your face !



Step One : Get some bright colored paper ( I choose yellow add a little sunshine ) and draw lines down the page.



Step Two : Cut along the lines with scissors so that you get lots of strips.



Step Three : On each strip write something for you to do when you're sad to get your sparkle back. Or even a nice quote or a sweet message to yourself. Anything to make you smile.



If you're a little stuck , here are a few of my ideas :

  • Read a book
  • Make pancakes ( Pancake day doesn't come often enough ) 
  • Leave a hopeful note 
  • Bake a cake 
  • Go swimming 
  • Paint your nails 
  • Watch a comedy 
  • Play with kittens 
  • Have cuddles with a loved one 
  • Have a sing song ( There's very little a sing song can't make feel better ) 
  • Go shopping 
  • Draw 
  • Take yourself out for coffee 




Step Four : Pop these strips of paper into a mason jar and pick one out whenever you need a little extra sunshine in your life !



I'd love to hear how it turns out if you have a go at this ! What things would be on your jar ? I think it can be really helpful to have some go to ideas for when you're feeling down because when you're in  a bad place you're not always thinking straight so it's great to have a pre-made plan to get your sparkle back :)

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :) 

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

P.s. I'm in exam season now so until the end of June I'm only going to be able to post twice a week ( Monday and Friday ) and I might end up missing a few posts but I'll do my best to stay on top of it !

30 comments:

  1. I love this idea :D It not only helps brighten your day but it can brighten up someone else's as well <3 This makes for such a perfect gift. I made my friend a happiness jar last year for her birthday and she absolutely loved it :) I filled it up with things that I loved about her and inside jokes and quotes to help inspire her. I'm going to have to make myself one of these and put in on my desk so that I can reach for it whenever I need to :) Good Luck on your exams! I hope you do well <3

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    1. Thank you honey ! I would love to make this for someone as a present :) Oh my gosh I bet your friend loved that, that's an amazing present and you're such a great friend <3

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  2. I loved this post and it was so fun doing a collab with you. We will definitely have to do it again sometime.
    Em. Xx

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    1. You were great to work with and I'd be happy to :)

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  3. excellent idea for cheering up, great

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    1. I'm glad you like it ! Have a great day :)

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  4. That is such a lovely idea! It would be so cool to gift this to someone! I love this! xx
    Izabele | http://beatriceizabele.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you honey ! It definitely would <3

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  5. This is so lovely! I can't wait to try it xx
    ~Autumn :):)

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    1. Thank you ! Have a lovely day :)

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  6. I love the idea of this jar! This is something I should do :) I would probably write down things like go for a walk or hike, photography marathon, watch TVD or youtube videos, color in mandalas and etc.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. It was such a great activity it was really good for me :) They're some great activities especially going for a walk and colouring in :)

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  7. This is an absolutely ADORABLE idea! I love it - when I have time after I finish my thesis project I will definitely be making one of these! (pinned to my bookmarks bar!)
    Hope you're doing well - sorry I haven't been around much, but I'll be back to regularly scheduled comments soon! Miss reading your blog <3
    Take Care,

    Lindsey

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    1. Thank you honey :) I really hope it goes well for you ! That's okay sweetie you just focus on you work !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  8. Marianne this is SUCH a great idea! We all go through rubbish dates and knowing you can get a bit of reassurance from this lovely little jar would be such a great consolation. I love your suggestions too, going shopping is a great one!

    Musings & More

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    1. I'm so happy you like it ! Bad days are inevitable but it's important to be prepared for them so you can handle them well :)

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  9. I love your DIY posts, especially when it's all about bringing positivity! Basically, I love what you're doing with your blog and promoting happiness. We need more reads like this! A positivity jar is such a great idea. I've also read about memory jars done in the same way too - writing down memories of something or someone so you'll never forget. You can go back whenever you want and read what you wrote. Have a lovely Sunday!!

    -Lor // acozyspace.wordpress.com

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    1. THank you, I'm so happy to hear that :) I think it's so important to promote happiness because everybody desserves to be happy :)

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  10. "Get your sparkle back" I LOVE that and agree when we're in a sad place we're not always thinking straight and something like this is just the perfect pick me up. It often scares me when I'm going through a low how it's almost like I seemingly lose all that I know and then someone or something reminds me of the good things. Your ideas are always the best Marianne! Good luck for your exams!!! <3 xoxo

    http://rainbow-roseblossom.blogspot.co.nz/

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    1. Hehe it's what my girlfriend always tells me when I'm in a bad place :) I had such fun making this and it's great to know when I am down I'll have ago to pick me up ! Thank you honey :(

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  11. Such a cute idea! <3 Always enjoy your creative DYI posts. :) <3 This seems like a lovely way to just remind yourself of all the little things that make us happy... It's difficult not to let life get the best of us sometimes, but in the end, it's the small things that matter and make us smile. :) Thanks for sharing, and good luck in your exams, hun! Kisses. x

    Kay
    http://www.shoesandglitter.com/

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    1. Thank you I really enjoy making DIY's and it's great to know I have a plan for when I'm feeling down :) It really can be difficult but it's worth it :)

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  12. This is such a cute idea! Need one of these! xx
    www.chasingbelle23.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you honey, I'm happy you like it :)

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  13. This is such a lovely idea - one that ensures you really take care of yourself! Although I'm not sad right now, I'm definitely going to take up your suggestion of making hot chocolate, mmm....

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
    x

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    1. It's so important to take care of yourself :) Go for it, hot chocolate always wins :)

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  14. This is a great idea! It's very similar to the idea of a memory jar. I like this tactic of boosting our moods. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
    aglimpseofglam.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you !I think memory jars are also great ideas and it's important to focus on your mood :)

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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