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30 Questions to Set Your Intentions for 2015

These questions are great for use in any year. I suggest saving this to use for the many years to come as it helps us reflect on things that promotes gratitude.

Gratitude is a wonderful life long lesson.

YOUR 2014 IN REVIEW

1. Describe your 2014 in three words

2. What was your most common mental state this year (e.g., happy, excited, tired, bored or stressed)?

3. What was the biggest event in your life this year?

4. What were your three happiest moments?

5. What new skills did you learn?

6. What personal qualities or habits did you develop, cultivate, or strengthen?

7. What new things did you discover about yourself?

8. What little things did you most enjoy doing on a daily basis?

9. What out-of-the-ordinary things did you do this year?

10. What cool things did you create?

11. What big things did you do that you had to get out of your comfort zone?

12. What achievements are you most proud of?

13. What was the most memorable moment this year?

14. What are you most thankful for ?

15. Who are you most thankful for?

16. How did you spend time with your family and how did the relationship evolve?

17. What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?

18. What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2014?

19. If you could turn back time, what would you have done differently?

20. What advice would you give to other people about what you have learned this year?

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YOUR 2015

21. What new things do you want to try in 2015?

22. What or where do you want to see, discover, and explore in 2015?

23. What do you want to achieve career-wise?

24. What new skills do you want to learn, improve, and master?

25. What personal qualities or habits do you want to develop, cultivate, or strengthen?

26. Who do you want to spend more time with?

27. What do you want to “feel” most of the time in 2015 (happy, content, excited, relaxed, busy, productive, creative)?

28. What do you want your day-to-day life to be like in 2015?

29. What do you want to completely get rid of in your life and in 2015 you will make it happen?

30. What is your number one goal in 2015 and how are you planning to achieve it?

Sources:
Original Article by Mo
Image by ramblingmuse


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Animal-Human Relationship can improve our health – Story of Owen – a 7 year old and his dog Hachi who was hit by a train

Almost everyone who has owned a pet knows the experience of bonding with an animal. For many pet owners, these animals become our friends and family members. According to research over the last few decades, these animal-human relationships can improve our health. Since the 1980s, we have known that having a connection with an animal reduces blood pressure. Contact with animals has (also) been shown to reduce stress hormones, which allows our bodies to heal faster. Animals are also believed to increase oxytocin, which is a hormone related to feelings of love and trust. This may be the reason that animals aren’t just good for our physical health, but also good for our mental and emotional health.

Owen Howkins is a 7-year-old boy in England with a rare medical condition that only affects 30 people around the world. This condition causes his body to be constantly tense. He’s very muscular because his muscles never relax. This is a very painful condition and it affects his balance. Because his muscles are always contracting, he has trouble walking and needs to use a wheelchair.

Hachii is a dog, who has also suffered at a young age and struggled with balance problems. Someone put a rope around Hatchii’s neck and tied him to a train track when he was just a puppy. Hatchii was hit by a train. His leg and tail were damaged beyond repair and had to be amputated.

Owen’s mother heard about Hatchii’s story and went to see him. When she first saw Hatchii she felt an immediate connection. And the feeling was mutual. When Hatchii saw her, he waved his tail stump for the first time.

The full story can be seen HERE

(Original story written by Dan on “Deepenglish”  and image by Greg Westfall)