The Appreciation Factor

All things Appreciation: Things to appreciate and the Ways we look at, Show and Think about Appreciation.


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The Appreciation Factor’s Turns 5!

5th-anniversary

Today is the The Appreciation Factor’s 5th Anniversary!  

Wow! Who knew when I started this blog in 2012 that I would still be here 5 years later. Well….I’d hoped I’d still be here, but you know best intentions and all of that. Here we are, 80+ posts later.

When I started out, I knew that I wanted to create a blog about a topic I was passionate about, so it started with talking about the importance of writing Thank you notes. However, I wasn’t sure that there would be enough content around just writing about thank you notes and I decided to expand it to “sharing appreciation,” but truly it became the overarching topic of appreciation.  I also knew that to some degree I couldn’t worry about whether others disagreed with me or not.  As I’ve stated in the “about me” page, I primarily write to share my passion about appreciation and gratitude, but I also want to offer a point of view that you may not have considered, or tips to help you share your appreciation.

I’ve been really happy to find ways to expand on my “how to write”/”why write thank you notes” posts to cover Things I Appreciate, like Día de los Muertosfall, beach etiquette, my fitness quest (still going strong by the way!), New Jersey and many more. You may have also seen two posts where I was fortunate to partner with others.  The first as a guest blogger on The Cutie Life, and more recently where I featured etiquette coach, Janet Parnes.  Both were extremely rewarding and I’m in talks with other bloggers and professionals to do more!

Two other additions to the blog that have become favorites of mine are Thankful Thursdays where I curate stories and/or videos that I feel exemplify appreciation, have moved me, or talk about people making a difference; and the second where I write about showing appreciation, especially in the form of Random Acts of Kindness (ROAKs) and promoting Giving Tuesday.  Both I are causes anyone can do, and both help make the world a better place.
The Future

I hope to continue to share some fresh posts on the topics above, and come up with new ones. Part of the challenge fun about having a blog is that you can come up with new features, approaches or even a new direction.  I hope you’ll continue to come along for the ride as I go into my 5th year, as well as share my posts with others, on your blogs or via Social Media, or not… as I’m content to have you simply read and enjoy them.  I’m appreciative of all of my followers, and really at the end of the day, if I’ve made you think about something in a new way, or supported a viewpoint you already have, then I’ve already done what I’d hoped to do.

 

Content/Compensation Free:

One additional thing that I wanted to clarify.  At times I will promote a brand, site, product etc.  At this time, The Appreciation Factor is not written for financial gain. I write it to support my passion for all things appreciation and writing.  I am not paid, nor do I receive any products to talk about. Candidly I have considered this option and I’m not against this approach as I’ve thought about a post/partnering with a paper company or another service that promoted appreciation, gratitude and thanks yous, but to date, I have not.  Should this ever change, I will absolutely let you know, and be very clear about it in the post.
What this means: Unless I state otherwise, all opinions are mine and I’m not compensated for any links or clicks you make on The Appreciation Factor.  Feel free click without worry and the ability to see that related content on a separate tab. (A pet peeve of mine are posts that take me away from the content I’m reading just to sell me something. Perhaps that’s how one is “supposed to do it”, but it’s just not for me.) I hope this encourages you to click, read, and share to your heart’s content.

 

Please, please, please don’t hesitate to also share your ideas. While I’m always searching the internet and news for stories and topics, I may miss something. Let me know if you see something you think I should share or a topic I should cover. I love hearing from my followers.

 

Best wishes, and many thanks to each of you. Here’s to 5 more years! (Hey I can dream can’t I?)

K

 


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It’s National Thank You Note Day – I’m Celebrating with Janet Parnes

It’s that time of year where you may already be writing thank you notes for the generosity of those around you, but did you know there’s an actual “holiday” for Thank you notes?
Yep it’s December 26th!  I think it was created as it’s a reminder to get your thank you notes out ASAP after the holidays. (hint hint)

Not to worry I’m here to help.  To celebrate National Thank you Day, I’ve recruited my friend, Janet Parnes, Owner and Etiquette Consultant at Etiquette for Today.  I’m having her share her tips on writing a Thank you note. (I thought it would be great to have someone who counsels these tips to others already, weigh in at The Appreciation Factor.  Plus I’m excited to meet someone who values saying “thank you” as much as I do!)

Before we get to the tips, I thought I’d share a little bit about Janet.

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Happy 2015 – Sending Well Wishes with My Grateful Thanks

Happy New Year & Grateful Thanks from The Appreciation Factor!
2015 Happy New Year greeting card

I cannot believe we’ve reached the new year!  15 years beyond the millennium and it seems that time flies by faster than ever.  I’m even more in awe that I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years, have written almost 35 posts and am closing in on 5,000 views!  (I might have even hit or surpassed that number that by the time you read this!)

Writing posts for The Appreciation Factor is truly is something that I’ve enjoyed doing, especially the chance to inspire others.  It’s something I look increase (# of posts) in the coming year. (I’m shooting for at least 25 new posts next year. That’s 2/month and something I’m committed to make happen regardless of how busy my life seems to become.)

 

I wanted to take a moment to share my deepest thanks to all of you.  I’ve appreciated the well wishes, the ongoing support from my long-time followers, and I appreciate my newest followers and welcome those who are simply stopping by for a first-time visit – I hope you’ll visit again or become a follower.

Your feedback, comments and simply your support, inspires me to write more often and find/share new things for you to think about and possibly appreciate.

 

Wishing you only the best and much to appreciate/be grateful for in the coming year.

 – The Appreciation Factorchampagne glasses


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Count Your Blessings – Even the Small Things Matter

While reading one of my LinkedIn Group e-letters today, I came across this great 21 Day Happiness Challenge.  It falls right in line with what I talk to and am focused on in this blog, appreciating the people, things and opportunities around you.  I couldn’t help but share this great story.

Tory Johnson, of Spark & Hustle  and also known for her Good Morning America Deals, posted a challenge on her Facebook page.  It was sparked when she received negative comments after she congratulated Madonna on her Superbowl appearance, (Why Trash Madonna).  In the post she was “stunned when [she] posted “Go Madonna!” on [her] Facebook wall and several people trashed the Material Girl’s halftime performance at the Super Bowl.”  She went on to argue that while everyone can have an opinion, it seemed that some went out of their way to be negative.  I agree.

In part, I started this blog to share some of the positives in this world and how we can look at things in a different light or should pause when faced with a challenge or negative perception.  Today so much of what we hear or experience focuses on negativity (just think about your nightly news).  I’d rather share ways of how to stop and look around us and appreciate what’s in front of us or focus on what we’re grateful in those moments of negativity or adversity.  And baring that, perhaps all it would take to turn around that moment or day would be to do something for someone else or acknowledge what they bring to your life/how they helped today.  Something to consider don’t you think?

In the 21 Day Happiness Challenge,  Ms. Johnson wants her followers to share three little or big things that they are grateful for each day, for 21-days, which by the way is statistically how long it takes us to create a long-term habit.  She wants people to focus the things that they can appreciate versus assuming nothing went well or that everything went wrong.  It will be interesting to see the results.

While the Challenge officially started on February 7th and ends February 27th, I think that this should be something we consider putting into practice beyond that “end” date/21 days.  Why not count your blessings about the things that you appreciate on a daily basis?  Or even better yet, recognize verbally or through writing who you appreciate and why?  

Did you know that research has shown that we are 31% more successful when we’re happy and that we have optimized brain function when we think positively?    

Here are the three things I’m grateful for today:
1.  Finding this article to further remind myself that each and every day I can find something to be grateful for even on the tough ones
2.  The positive feedback I received today on my blog
3.  Having a chance to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather today. (It felt like it was at least 50 degrees!)

I’m also going to add one more for today. (Hey, it was an especially good day!)
4.  Having a client say that he recommended me to another business owner just because he was so happy with my work and not because I’d asked him to


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Welcome

I’ve created this blog to discuss appreciation in many forms, whether it be appreciation of the small things in life, appreciating others both on a personal or in the workplace, or how you can show your appreciation.  Whenever possible, I’ll link to other relevant blogs and articles that either support or contrast my point of view.

I’ll post as often as I can, and as the spirit moves me.  Please feel free to suggest topics or questions about appreciation.

I hope you like what you see and that you’ll follow me.