Be Appreciative in May.

In May, Remember to..... Be Appreciative!

Since I know about the GOLDEN RULE REVOLUTION I already celebrate "Be Appreciative" in May. When I see pink, I see "Grateful" Pink and think of someone I want to appreciate.

I traditionally send many thank you notes. It has already become a "tradition" for me to do this. Perhaps, by joining the GOLDEN RULE REVOLUTION, you will begin the “Be Appreciate in May” tradition along with me. I know I have thirty one days to work on being more grateful and appreciative. I have thirty-one days to catch up on sending thank you notes to people that I meant to send to....... and didn't ........... or to people I just want to remember as being special in my life. I think the people who receive my notes are surprised and pleased. I know that I feel a deep sense of warmth down inside when my handful of thank you envelopes goes into the postal slot.

You know there is a lot to the theory that happiness is derived more from your own state of mind than from anything else. It's sort of like the old Peace Corps test of whether you are an optimist or a pessimist. They show you a picture of a glass half filled with liquid and ask you to describe it. Its the same picture and the same glass. The only difference is the perspective of the viewer who looks at it. An optimist will see the glass as half full. A pessimist will see it as half empty.

Gratitude and appreciation are like that. When you are filled with gratitude and appreciation then you can't be filled with longing, or greed, or envy or jealousy. You don't need to read a two hundred and fifty page book to learn that you don't feel happy when you are feeling envious.

In the last several years Oprah Winfrey has become involved in the "kindness movement" and in helping her viewers find health and happiness in their own lives. She suggests that one of the best ways to change your own perspective and attitude is to keep a "Grateful Journal". The Grateful Journal is a notebook you keep near your bedside. Every night before going to sleep she suggests that you write down in the Journal at least five things that day that you are grateful for. I have been doing that for a while - not perfectly - but enough to know it works. It keeps my mind focused on the positive moments of each day instead of moments that might have brought me down.

We all know that kind caring attitudes and behavior create a win/win for us and others. They are a fulfillment of the standard set for us with the words of the Golden Rule, "Do to others what you would like done to you." Take time this month to celebrate "Be Appreciative" in your own life and in your own way. Notice and appreciate workers you pass by on the street or talk to as you move through your day. Notice that person washing windows over there. How about telling them how nice they look as you pass by. Tell your children why you appreciate them. And don’t forget to appreciate yourself. You are important too.

Be Appreciative in May.

Goal for the month: In addition to appreciating others, take time to appreciate yourself ---- do something you've always wanted to do!

"Together We Can Brighten the World We All Share"

The Appreciation SNOWBALL

And.......Pass it on........

Be eager to do things asked of you Don't be "too busy"

See something that needs done. Do it well without complaining or being asked to do it.

Appreciate the earth - pick up litter, plant a tree or flowers - notice and appreciate the beauty of the world around you.

Put sunshine in someone's cloudy day with a kind word or a sincere compliment.

Remember special days in May like Mothers' Day.............. treat it special !

Seek out elderly people and show that someone appreciates them by sharing a hug, smile or a story.

Appreciate yourself - do something you've always wanted to - count your blessings and your talents - how have you helped others appreciate themselves.

Appreciate the arts - go to a concert or a gallery.

Take stock daily - How have I shown appreciation today?

Offer to do each others chores.

Trade shoes. Walk in someone else's shoes for a day.

Select a special day for each person in your family. Treat them royally.

Count blessings - fill a box with slips of paper with blessings on them. Share the blessing box when needed.

Penny jar - put a penny in for each act that shows appreciation. remove a penny for negative acts. Use all the pennies in the jar for a class treat.

Select a new person each day and show them your appreciation, mailman, teacher, friend.

Make a personal list of things you appreciate in life. Add to it when you find new things you appreciate and refer to it often to keep your positive attitude.

-----Mary McLeod Bethune