In 2010 a friend of mine started posting 5 Things that she appreciated that day on her facebook page and the feedback she got from her friends was amazing. This prompted her to start the 5 Things facebook page where anyone and everyone can post the 5 things that they appreciate, big, small and everything in-between, they are also able to read what other people are appreciating. 5 Things founder Sarah M: “My days are often brighter when I take some time in the morning to reflect upon what makes me happy. It is all too easy to get caught up in deadlines and “have-tos” and “just-gottas” and yes…even the sneaky “yeah-buts.” Sarah realized that taking those few minutes a day to reflect can really help people slow down and take notice of what is truly important to them.
Far too often in todays rush-rush-technology-driven-work-harder-do-more-make-more society we overlook all of the little things in our lives that are so important. We literally take the majority of our lives for granted. How many of us take the time to be thankful for electricity when we are watching our favorite movie, writing a blog, hitting the snooze button in the morning? Not many, because that is just one of the things that we have all gotten so accustom to having that we barely notice it is there anymore…but we sure do notice when it is gone. Many of us are in overall good physical health, but how many of us acknowledge how thankful for that health we are? We take advantage of being able to see, hear, smell, speak, taste, feel, touch, walk, dance…until something happens, something unexpected…an accident, an illness, a fall…whatever factor that takes a portion of your health away, and typically it is not until that factor happens that we finally start to realize how much we appreciate(d) that part of our health…and if we are lucky we will heal and regain that part of our health back and be able to hopefully appreciate its importance of it for the rest of our lives.
Thinking about appreciation, gratitude and thankfulness brings to mind a whirlwind of questions. Each question will have a different answer for each person. Each question may have one answer today and then a year from now a completely different answer. Life changes, the things that we love and care for change, the things we find important change, yet we should always be able to come up with a list of things that we appreciate in life. The following are just some of the questions that I came up with that I think everyone should stop, think about and take notice of:
How many of the daily things that you take for granted would you notice and miss if they were gone?
What in your life do you put the most value on? Family? Friends? Pets? Material items? Money? God?
What makes us happy?
If you only had 5 minutes to take the “important” things out of your house what would they be?
Can money every truly buy happiness?
Do you appreciate the things in your life that you waste? Food?
What would you do if you lost everything?
What would you miss most if you lost everything?
Who would you thank if you knew today would be your last?
How many of the people in your life actually know how much you appreciate them? How do you show them?
Does your spouse/significant other feel your love and appreciation for them? Do you thank them? Compliment them? Remind them?
5 Things: The Appreciation Experiment encourages you to stop and take just a few minutes out of your day and share the 5 things you appreciate. They may be little things that you are appreciating at that moment like your morning cup of coffee or big things that you appreciate every day of your life like your spouse and children. You may be looking out your window at the time and be glad to see the sun shining and hear bird chirping. Whatever it is at that moment that you appreciate…SHARE. Being able to read the things that others appreciate can also shed light on some of the things you’ve been accidentally overlooking.
TAKE TIME OUT OF YOUR DAY TO APPRECIATE! https://www.facebook.com/Appreciate5#!/Appreciate5