Jar of happiness.

I found a post on Facebook before Christmas about the charming idea of a “happiness jar”.  You have a jar and at the end of every week, you write down something good that happened and pop it inside of the jar.  At the end of the year, you open the jar and reflect on the year’s positives.  It’s too easy to focus on the negatives of daily life.  We’re all guilty of it.  The news is often depressing and most of us will let one bad day ruin our week.  I shared the idea of the “happiness jar” with friends and a friend of mine decided to send me a surprise in the mail…my very own jar to fill up with good thoughts!  She has also started one of her own so in a way, we’re doing it together.  Last week, I added my first happy thought to the jar.  Dropping it into the empty jar was a really good feeling and I’m really looking forward to filling it with memories and good thoughts.  A positive start to 2017!

Last night, I went to the theatre with my date.  He invited me to a show, although not much of a theatre goer himself.  I didn’t think that I was into theatre but I really enjoyed the show and it reminded me of when I went to see a Shakespeare play in London with one of my best friends.  I think perhaps I’m more into theatre than I let myself believe!  Of course the only thing about going to somewhere like the theatre for a date is that you don’t get much of a chance to talk to one another.  Just before the show, during the interval and when he walked me back to my car.  The show was called Gaslight and was certainly an interesting choice by my date.  The play on name Gaslight became apparent during the show.  It referred to the gaslights (the show was based in the 1800s) that flickered during significant parts of certain scenes, but it also referred to the main female character’s husband’s behaviour.

gaslight
ˈɡaslʌɪt/
verb
gerund or present participle: gaslighting
  1. manipulate (someone) by psychological means into doubting their own sanity.
    “in the first episode, Karen Valentine is being gaslighted by her husband”

It was kind of eerie, watching a character on stage whose manipulative behaviour could match that of my ex husband’s.  Almost like watching it from the other side.  But a thoroughly good show and I really enjoyed it.  The experience may even make it into the happy thoughts jar!

Until next time…

With love, Darling Soul x

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