6 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Everyday

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By: Eric Ungs

Life gets busy, because of it, we forget about what matters most.

Committing to a journey of intentional self growth starts with slowing down. It’s recognizing and filling your day with the things that align with your values.

Part of determining what you value is through reflection.

Reflection is something I started doing a year ago to think through my emotional baggage. It offered clarity into those deep and dark pockets of who I am. Some were right at the surface waiting to be discovered.

Reflection is a release mechanism.

We aren’t meant to suppress, we are meant to express and connect. When you choose to let go the weight lifts and you feel lighter. It opens the door to discovering yourself and presents space to grow.

Here are 6 questions you need to ask yourself everyday to support a journey of intentional self growth:

What did I do today?

Recount the day in chronological order and put pen to paper; write. This is the foundation to reflecting; it provides fodder for the remaining questions.

During the day you’re in the trenches, where it tends to be complex. When you reflect, you’re able to see it from an aerial view, the simplicity of your life seeps through.

Whether it’s what you want to see or not, the good, the bad; it’s the truth. When you see this, you have choices. It provides a space to learn and grow.

Time is our most valuable asset but yet we treat it like we have an abundance of it. We don’t, so choose wisely.

How do I feel right now?

This is where you surrender and let go; the vulnerability vault opens and you expose the emotions you felt throughout your day.

Asking yourself, and most importantly answering, this question provides clarity into how you are feeling.

It becomes essential for how you approach your day, it equips you to be more self aware on how you spend your days and how you respond to different situations throughout your day.

What did I enjoy?

Think about the things you did and the areas that brought out enjoyment. Think about your work, your job, your interests, what are the tasks or areas that you enjoy most.

Discover the things that make you tick. Find areas in your work, outside of your core tasks and responsibilities, that you enjoy; then do them more often.

Find ways to incorporate them throughout your day. Have them become part of your total body of work.

What did I learn?

Regardless of where you are in your journey, stay curious.

It’s so important to always be asking yourself, and others, questions. To be learning new things regardless of the space it resides in.

It could be something about yourself, your work, your hobbies, your culture; just learn. Consume new information. Gain new and different knowledge. Explore diverse areas.

The exchange of information, learning about who we are, is a core component of self growth.

What’s one idea I had today?

We all have ideas and we’re all smarter than what we think we are.

When you think of an idea, write it down. No matter what the idea is put it in a notebook, in Evernote, or wherever.

Reflecting on this question, or the process of writing down your idea, exercises your idea muscle. It strengthens the muscle to see opportunity where others can’t, or aren’t.

We are all filled with amazing ideas, continue to exercise that muscle.

What are three things I am grateful for?

I like to answer this question in the morning, regarding the previous day.

When expressing the things I am grateful for first thing in the morning, it sets the tone for the remainder of the day. It reminds me of what really matters and what’s important, it sticks with me.

Each day you should have a different answer. It doesn’t have to be big each time. Instead, dive deeper into those tiny moments that often get overlooked and are taken for granted.

The things like finding a pair of gloves in your car on a cold winter day when you need to clean your windshield. Or being grateful for that moment when you were able to witness your son and dog playing together; simply being eachother’s best friend.

It’s all of those big moments, and I think most importantly, those small moments, that we aught to be most grateful for.

It’s as simple as this. Reflect on your day to become more self aware. Be honest with yourself and be intentional about your self growth.

Reflecting on your day surfaces the things that you value most. Do more of those things.

Do you spend time reflecting on your day? What questions do you ask yourself?

About the Author:

Eric Ungs is the founder of the Unless You Care Project. Writing about an intentional journey of self growth, nudging you to let go; to give yourself permission to be vulnerable and honest with yourself so you can give your best self to others. Author of 10 Incredible Ways to Live a Fulfilling and Joyful Life ebook. Get your free copy here.

*Source: Pick the Brain *

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This Rescued Giant Lynx Loves Face Rubs So Much, He Makes An Adorable Noise Whenever He Gets One

It’s always been said that a cat is a cat, regardless of how big or predatory it is. A tiger is going to behave in the same way as your average housecat, to some extent. One of the only big differences between these amazing creatures is that the bigger ones tend to have giant muscles and claws that can do some damage. But, other than that, they’re all kittens at heart.

Take Max here for example. This Canadian Lynx would dwarf any standard housecat if you put them side-by-side. His pointy ears and giant paws tell us that he’s dangerous, but all of that danger falls away when he gets loved on by his caretaker.

Just like most cats, Max loves a good rub around the ears, cheeks and chin. And he lets you know by purring so loudly you’d think there was a small cuddle engine happily churning inside of him. Watch the video and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. His deep purring is unlike anything you’ve ever heard, and gives you an idea of just how majestic these large cats truly are.

Unlike most Canadian Lynx who are hard to find because they avoid humans like the plague, Max is somewhere in between a wild cat and a domesticated cat. He’s not fully tame, nor fully feral. He was born in a zoo, but was rescued. Now, he resides with Bernadette Hoffman, his caretaker, in upstate New York.

Bernadette runs a wildlife education program that seeks to educate people and children about the need to protect and respect the wild endangered species who also call Earth their home. Max is part of that program, working as an education animal ambassador.

The Canada Lynx has been hunted by trappers for centuries for their furs. On top of that, their numbers have also plunged in recent years do to loss of habitat. They were added to the endangered species list in 2002.

Until their population has made a successful comeback, Bernadette plans to continue doing Wildlife Education by Bernie to increase awareness of all of the endangered species who are struggling to remain in this world. Fortunately, she’ll have Max by her side.

Check out the video below to watch Bernadette give Max some much-needed head rubs as he turns up the purring to eleven! And don’t forget to share with friends and loved ones who would love to see Max the Canada Lynx.

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This Quiz Reveals The True Color of Your Energy

Colors are easily one of the best things in life. Many of us don’t think of colors that often; how they influence how we think, act and behave on a regular basis. But, can you imagine a world without color? Those who have color blindness will tell you that it’s not very fun. Those who have gone blind will tell you even more.

Something that’s interesting is our color preference over the years. Maybe you’ve had the same favorite color since you were a child. Maybe your favorite color has changed numerous times as you’ve grown. For me, colors have always had a special place in my heart because they say so much without having to say anything at all.

And you may not know it, but each and every person on the planet today gives off an energy or aura that has a certain color. This color is determined by our energy vibrations. Whatever our vibrational frequency is influences what color our energy is.

While many of us cannot see the colors of energy that other people have, our subconscious picks up on their subtleties, often reading energies without us even knowing it’s happening. This is why we get initial feelings of either “hey, this person is alright” or “hey, I should stay away from this person.” Our energies are highly utilized during first impressions.

Many people can read the energies of others, however. And while you might not be one of these people, you should still be aware of this phenomena so you can utilize it to your advantage.

This quiz helps you to figure out what your current vibrational frequency is so you can learn the color of your energy. Each question in the quiz has been designed to stimulate your subconscious, thus naturally arriving at whatever color best describes you!

What color is your energy?

Be sure to share with friends and loved ones who would also like to learn the true color of their energy and what it means for them!

h/t Sun Gazing

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5 Great Health Benefits of Farting

Farts have long been a source of humor for humans, dating back to even the earliest of times. It’s a natural bodily function, yet it’s one that has gained quite a stigma over the years.

For example, you probably think twice before just letting one rip when you’re out in public. Why is that? Because you’re afraid people will judge you for creating such a foul-smelling odor, or the noise it makes when it leaves your body.

My girlfriend, on the other hand, has absolutely no hesitations when it comes to farting. It doesn’t matter if we’re in bed, on the couch, or in a movie theater, she doesn’t hold back. But, not because she’s not afraid of the stigma, but because she recognizes it as a healthy thing to do.

And it turns out she’s right! Farting is actually great for you, health wise.

“Although hydrogen sulfide is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced by the body and could in fact be in a healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of reasons.” – Dr. Mark Wood, Professor and Researcher at University of Exeter (UK) Medical School

So, with that in mind, here are five great health benefits we gain by farting whenever we need to fart:

It reduces bloating
Being bloated is easily one of the most uncomfortable feelings one can have. Not only do you not feel sexy because your stomach is protruding away from your body, but that lingering feeling of fullness that is often accompanied by pain isn’t fun.

Also, bloating is a sign that you could have built up gas stored in your body. While this won’t necessarily kill you, it is uncomfortable. Farting can help get rid of your bloat as well as its symptoms.

It promotes a healthy colon
It’s never a good idea to “hold” any of your body’s natural wastes, which includes urine, feces and your gas. If you’re the type who likes to hold in your farts so as to avoid awkward social situations, be cautious of what you’re doing and try not to make a habit out of it.

Byproducts of the gastrointestinal system are meant to be expelled; if you don’t, you can cause damage.

They’re like quick little health checkups
You might not have known that the traits and characteristics of each of your farts is very telling of what’s going on inside of you. Farts that don’t smell so bad are a sign that you’re healthy.

When your farts start to smell particularly gross, you have pain when farting, or are farting way more than you usually do, these are all signs that something isn’t right. It could mean you are intolerant of a certain food, or it could be indicative of something worse, like colon cancer. So pay attention to your farts!

Farts are the sign of a healthy gut
Doctor of gastroenterology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Purna Kashyap, says that “eating foods that cause gas is the only way for the microbes in the gut to get nutrients. If we didn’t feed them carbohydrates, it would be harder for them to live in our gut.”

So, foods that are good for the stomach will ultimately make us fart more often. These foods include things like beans, broccoli, cabbage and kale because they have so much fiber.

They help us to figure out how to balance our diets
Our stomachs are always trying to tell us what they’re craving. When we’re not eating enough fiber, we don’t fart as often. When we’re eating too much meat, we tend to fart a lot more or our farts will smell much worse.

These are all signs that we need to adjust our diet in one way or another to achieve the right balance.

So, there you have it. Next time you have to fart, shed your fears of doing so and fart with pride. The people around you might not be thanking you, but your body sure will be. Stay healthy!

h/t Power of Positivity

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People Who Cry During Movies Have This Personality Trait In Common

We’ve all had those moments in the movie theaters: something absolutely heartbreaking and emotionally devastating is happening and we’re forced to sit there, enduring it all while trying to keep our eyes from streaming rivers of tears down our face. I mean, c’mon, you don’t want to be that person who is just bawling in the middle of a theater full of people.

As a man, there’s even more of a need to remain dry during gut-wrenchingly emotional scenes, because we’ve been told from birth that crying isn’t masculine. But, the truth is that no one should be afraid to let the waterworks flow when they’re feeling sad because of a movie. Because doing so illustrates that you have something other people might not have: empathy.

You might be thinking, “Yeah, everyone has at least a bit of empathy, right?” Wrong. Not everyone comes stock with the ability to empathize. These people are the narcissists and sociopaths of the world, and they often spend a good portion of their lives never seeing the world from any other perspective than their own.

Why are empathetic people so strong? Because the easy thing to do is shrug off emotional hardships as if they were nothing. It’s easier to ignore tough feelings altogether than it is to actually feel something real. There’s a difference in character between those that can put themselves in another person’s pain versus those who cannot.

What’s true strength? When you are strong enough to endure the pain of your own life, and then are willing to step into the pain of someone else’s as well. Your strength carries over from your life into other’s. This strength stems from your understanding of what they’re going through and feeling what they’re feeling.

To say that caring for another person somehow makes you weak is just ignorant. Even when you’re showing empathy for a fictional character who’s acting out scenes in a non-real storyline, it shows that you have a heart, and that you’re willing to break it in that moment to feel something real.

Tears often come during movies for a variety of different reasons. It might be that the character is going through something similar to what you’ve gone through, so it’s causing you to sort through painful old memories (which is healing in its own way), or it could be the sheer artistic genius of the piece that moves you to tears.

Either way, pieces of art that move us emotionally are powerful, as they often force us to acknowledge emotions that we typically don’t like to acknowledge. And that takes strength.

Empathy is not weakness, it is emotional maturity, it is emotional strength.

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