I like this idea. Start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen. Then, on New Years Eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year. Good way to keep things in perspective.
Build Your Own 5 Gallon Bucket Emergency Kit. Everyone should have one of these emergency buckets packed and ready to go. If you only ever do one thing for emergency preparedness, put together one of these kits.