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How To Make A Positivity Box | Ideas & Tips

When you’re having a bad day, all of your positivity and motivation can go straight out the window right? It can feel like the whole world is against you, and all you want to do is curl up in a ball and hide away. If you’re having ‘one of those days’, a positivity box could be just what you need. Read on for positivity box ideas and tips that you can use today.

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Todays post is all about positivity. Learning to have a positive outlook on life, even when things aren’t going your way, can be a hard thing to do, but, when it’s done right, it can be a great little self care technique to practice. When we feel down, negative feelings can creep in and start to take over our whole lives. This can lead to us becoming trapped in a cycle of negativity which can then make it impossible to relax our minds and stop the negativity.

A small black positivity box for self care

Creating a positivity box to boost your mood

Creating something that can lift you up and remind you of all the happy things in your life can really make a difference in how you feel. We all need a little mood boost sometimes, and a positivity box is a great way to achieve that.

I first started my self care box about 11 years ago when my Dad bought me a beautiful miniature gothic chest for Christmas one year. It began with me writing a couple of notes to myself and putting them in the box to keep them safe, and then it evolved from there.

What is a positivity box?

A self care, or positivity box is a small box or container that you fill with things that make you happy. You can use anything you like and it can be as big or as small as you like. How about a jar, a box, a bag or even a drawer in a cabinet? It can be something plain, or something elaborate, and it can be kept on display, or hidden away.

Whatever you choose, a self care box is all about making you feel happy and positive. It’s about having something that you can go to that will take you away from all the stresses and strains of day to day life for a little while.

An open positivity box

Let your personality shine through

The first step to starting a self care box is choosing what you want it to look like. There are so many trinket and keepsake boxes out there, that it can be difficult to find what you actually want. A good place to start is to look for something that reflects your personality. Think about the colours, materials and other things that you like.

Positivity box ideas

Hobbycraft has some great boxes that you can decorate yourself if you’re feeling crafty, or Etsy is always good for unique handmade items.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, Amazon has some nice little boxes to choose from. I’ve linked to one below which caught my eye and looks lovely.

A positivity box
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What do you put in a happy box?

When you’re ready to start your self care box, have a think about what it is that makes you happy. What brings a smile to your face and cheers you up? What makes you feel positive and gives you energy?

Have a look at these positivity box content ideas for some inspiration:

  • Photos
  • Notes or letters to yourself
  • Notes or letters from other people
  • Small objects that you’ve picked up that have meaning to you

If you’re not sure where to start, a nice easy thing to do is to write a note to yourself. Two things I’ve found that work quite well is a happy memory or something that you want to achieve.

A happy memory

Happy memories are always fun to write about, and you don’t even have to write too much if you don’t want to. A couple of lines or even just a date can be enough to make you smile when you read it back. Try the following if you’re stuck for ideas:

  • Do you have a favourite holiday from when you were little
  • Have you achieved something you’re proud of
  • Have you got a friend that always makes you smile

Anything that brings back those warm, happy feelings is worth writing down.

Something you want to achieve

Another good place to start is by writing down something that you want to achieve. Whether it’s passing your driving test or getting a new job, writing things down can help you to focus and clear your mind. When you put your note in the box, you’ll have somewhere to focus your positive energy.

An open self care box with objects inside


Another fun thing you can try is to start a little collection of objects from places or experiences that make you happy and put them in your self care box. Again, anything that makes you happy is worth putting in there. Here’s a few little ideas:

  • A shell from your favourite beach
  • Something from your favourite season, like a pinecone or a cocktail umbrella
  • A badge or a keyring from a holiday or a day out

A special place

Deciding where to put your self care box is almost as important as deciding what to put in it. I keep mine on the windowsill in my dining room, as it’s in the centre of the house, and it’s a room we use a lot.

Pittong your in a room you’re nearly always in, like the living room or the bedroom means that you can always see it and use it whenever you need to. Even just catching it out of the corner of your eye as you walk past can make you smile.

A wooden self care box

Positive vibes

Looking through your self care box should be a happy, stress free experience. It’s there to boost your mood and make you feel positive about things again. Live in the moment and let your mind be taken back to the times and places that made you happy.

My positivity box

To give you some ideas and inspiration, I’ll share with you what I have in my self care box.

My box is quite small, so I don’t have too much in there at the moment. I keep a couple of little notes in there that I’ve written to myself, and then a few objects that I sometimes change around when I pick up something new. At the moment I have:

  • A little note on a scrap piece of paper that says ‘I want to pass my driving test :)’. I wrote it 11 years ago this month and it was the first thing that I ever put in there. All my positive energy was focussed into this little piece of paper. I then folded it up, put it in the box and let it do its thing. A week later I passed my driving test and the self care box became a thing
  • I also have a piece of paper in there that said I wanted to pass the biology course I was doing. Again, I put all my positive energy into, put it in the box and got on with my day. A week later I passed my biology course with the grade that I wanted
  • I have a small glass marble in there which fell off my dream journal a few years ago. I put it in the box to keep it safe, and it’s stayed in there ever since
  • I’ve got a pink guitar pic which was the first pic I ever owned
  • I also have a little feather in my box. Aeron found it when he was out with Cupar and brought it in to show me. As soon as I saw it I told him to put it in the positivity box. Feathers have always had special meaning for me, and this one is just lovely to look at

Positivity gift box

A positivity gift box can make a great gift idea for friends and loved ones, and you can tailour it to the things thar make them happy.

You could add things like photos, affirmation cards and little pampering treats.

Share your positivity box ideas

I hope this post has inspired you to start your own self care box and attract some positive energy into your life. I’d love to see what you come up with and what your boxes look like. Let me know below, or find me on Twitter.

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11 Replies to “How To Make A Positivity Box | Ideas & Tips”

  1. I really love this idea! I even have the perfect box to use! Thank you for sharing, I am genuinely looking forward to making a start on my Positivity box x

    1. It’s on my list too 🙂 I usually buy boxes already decorated, but I really want to have a go at decorating one myself.

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