Friday Five : Five Things You Should Never Fake (Plus A Bonus One!)

Today I have a guest post from a new blogging friend, Sharon. Her blog Hobbies on a Budget is all hobbies, life and saving money.

There are some things in life that should never be faked! I can taste the difference in sugar free jello or low fat chocolate. A plastic daffodil just doesn’t move me the same way as when I see the bright yellow flower growing in my yard. And Adele classic hits just can’t be done justice by a 10 year old girl. Here’s a list of 6 things I think you should never fake.

6 Things You Should Never Fake

6 Things You Should Never Fake

1. Apologies

Apologies should always be sincere. Even if you are not in the wrong, sometimes you must apologize to help the situation. Healing often begins when one of the injured parties makes the first step with an authentic apology.

2. Gratitude

Gratitude should never be insincere. We teach our children that if someone takes the time to give a gift we should take the time to say thank you. Being appreciative is a character trait that we all must develop to help our society run smoothly. Even if you don’t like the gift, you can still be appreciative of the thought behind it.

There are ways to say thank you without being insincere. If you absolutely hate something that someone does for you, you can always say something like “thank you so much. I really appreciate you taking the time to think about me”. Gratitude is more of an attitude of appreciation than the act of liking what was done.

3. Coupons

Did you know that if you copy a coupon, you are not just doing something unethical, you are also breaking the law? You can read more information about this from Coupon Information Center. Never make a copy of coupon or use one that someone has printed as a PDF.

4. Printed or Published Words/Images

There are some writers who like to take articles they find online and give them a few new words or a quick spin and then pass them off as their own original work. This is of course taboo. Students in in school sometimes try to take the easy way out when writing a paper. They may think that just copying and pasting from original sources will help them get their word count up and the assignment done faster. It is never okay to copy and paste or claim that a work of words is your own.

This also applies to images found online. If you didn’t take the picture, then you can safely assume that you don’t have permision to use it. Even if you find something by doing a google image search, this does not make it ok. Pictures belong to the person who took the picture. You can of course search for images with creative commons licenses or send a quick email to the owner of the picture and request permission. It’s never ok to fake ownership of words or an image.

5. Sickness

Being a hypochondriac, crying wolf, faking sickness or pretending to be ill can guarantee you trouble in your life. Sure, it may sound like a great idea at the time to conveniently get sick so you can miss a day of work or school. You will be able to play, relax or get out of a commitment for that day. However, if you do this more than once or twice, people will no longer believe you when you truly are sick.

There’s a reason the story of the boy who cried wolf is still passed down from one generation to the next. To get the sympathy and support you need when you truly have an illness, you can’t be faking sickness.

6. Wealth

There are some people who believe they should spend money even when they don’t have it. After all, as long as there is a credit card some people feel you can continue spending. You should always strive to live within your means and never spend more than you actually make. If you live your life trying to impress others and faking an elaborate lifestyle you will be damaging your life now and in the future.

So what else is there in life that should never be faked? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Sharon Williams blogs about hobbies, life and saving money at Hobbies on a Budget.


  1. I try to teach my children that an apology means absolutely nothing if the behavior never changes, I always tray to live within my means and use coupons to help me do just that. Great post.

  2. I have trouble with the health one with my three year old. She always likes to claim she is “sick” even though she is clearly not. She wants me to give her medicine and it has become a real battle. I try to explain to my kids that it is not good to pretend you are sick when you are not, or to take medicine when you are not sick as it could make you really sick. She is too young to get it, but I hope she grows out of this.

  3. Thanks so much for letting me share this with your readers! It was a fun post to write! Working on the image with the daffodil makes me so very excited for spring!!!

  4. What a cool post!! I love this!! I can think of a few other things to add to your list too!!! =) Passing this on!!!

  5. I love this – I love your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Great Post, and yes I can think of a few also, but I think Sharon hit on some very important ones, be real is number one in my book. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I can think of something else you should never fake, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Haha!


  8. Those are absolutely perfect. Great points!

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