Hi lovelies! Happy Friday! I hope that you all have some great weekend plans! I’m really excited to see the movie One Day this weekend and am hoping it is just as amazing as the book!
Instead of my usual Fave 5 Friday post today, I wanted to introduce you to a series that I will be alternating with on Fridays called Take 5 Friday. As you know, participating in important causes is something I’m passionate about but sometimes I feel like I don’t have the time or energy to take on one more thing. But what if you could make a difference by taking out only 5 minutes out of your day? Could you spend 5 less minutes on facebook, twitter or watching tv? Could you sneak in 5 minutes in at the office? Could you spend 5 minutes doing something that would make a difference in someone’s life?
My answer is YES and I hope that yours is too. Every other week, I will be posting 5 things you can do to improve someone’s day or even their life. Some of these things will be new to you and some of them may serve as a good reminder.
1. Click to Help End World Hunger
According to the World Food Programme, there are 925 million undernourished people in the world today. This sounds like an intimidating problem to solve but by visiting the website Freerice.com you answer vocabulary questions and for each answer you get right, the sponsors donate 10 grains of rice. Through people participating on this website, they have been able to feed 27,000 refugees in Bangladesh for two weeks, provide four kilograms of rice for two months to 13,500 pregnant and nursing women in Cambodia, feed 66,000 school children for a week in Uganda and the list goes on. This site has donated over 91 billion grains of rice thus far but world hunger still exists and a few clicks really does make a difference.
2. Let a Loved One Know You Care
This one is simple but sometimes the hardest to remember to do. Too often we get caught up with our own agendas and forget to reach out to others. But what you might not realize until you do it, is that the time it takes for you to reach out will probably make their whole day. The form doesn’t matter: text, email, call, facebook, card, etc. but just a little something to remind someone that you care about them is something that is worth doing.
3. Give a Free Mammogram
I think in this day and age the sad truth is that we all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. And although we are still waiting on a cure, we can do something to detect it early. The American Cancer Society has proven how essential early detection is, but many women still do not have access to mammograms. By going to thebreastcancersite.com you can give a free mammogram with just one click- that’s it, you don’t even have to fill out anything, only click your mouse once! Last year, the site was able to fund 2,808 mammograms… let’s make it even more this year!
4. Smile & Say Hello
If you live in a big city like I do, seeing homeless people on the street is an everyday occurrence. When I worked at a homeless shelter, what struck me most was how so many men and women went from having normal jobs and lives to feeling completely dehumanized, being ignored and scoffed at by people who walked by. So next time you see them, take the two-seconds, to smile and say hello to a homeless man or woman. You don’t have to do any more than that, but I can bet that it will make a difference to them.
5. Post an Operation Beautiful Note
The incredible blogger Caitlin, from Healthy Tipping Point is the amazing woman behind Operation Beautiful. If you are new to Operation Beautiful, its goal is to end negative self talk or “fat talk” and to lift someone up in a positive way. If you have a pen and paper then you are all set. Just write a message on the paper, i.e. “You are beautiful” or “You are great just the way you are” and post it in a public place! You may never know how many lives you touch with that note, but it is guaranteed to uplift both someone else’s spirits and your own.
So that it! 5 easy ways to make a difference today in less than 5 minutes. I hope you’ll join me on this journey and that you like the new series! If you have suggestions on causes that you would like me to look into or highlight for Take 5 Fridays, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.