The human body has four levels of health: spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. Most of my articles delve into the physical only. With the New Year upon us and 2014 coming to a close, I thought it best to talk a little about the other three levels. This article is simply a list of twenty-five questions to reflect upon. I also chose inspiring quotes to go with the questions.
1) Did you laugh 365 times, with at least 10 big “belly” laughs?
“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin
2) Did you say: “I love…” more than “I hate…?”
“Love lights more fires than hate extinguishes.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox
3) Did you say: “that was fun” at least 50 times?
“Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun.” – Randy Pausch
4) Did you make a new friend, even if you may never see him or her in 5 years?
“Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and wait to hear the answer.” – Ed Cunningham
5) Did you learn a new skill, whether job, play, or otherwise related?
“You learn something new everyday if you pay attention.” – Ray LeBlond
6) Did you give yourself a gift?
“Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.” – Tony Robbins
7) Do you give someone something that made him or her feel good?
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa
8) Did you take a risk?
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
9) Did you travel to somewhere you’ve never been, NOT for work?
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living” – Miriam Beard
10) Did you finish reading a non-fiction book?
“You know, everybody’s ignorant, just on different subjects.” – Will Rogers
11) Did you finish reading a fiction book?
“Without a doubt the two best words in the English language are The End” – Ken Scott
12) Did you read a book?
“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” – Confucius
13) Did you watch less TV?
“I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go into the library and read a good book.” – Groucho Marx
14) Did you stand more than you sat down?
“Sitting is the new smoking.” – Unknown (to me)
15) Did you donate to a cause – time and/or money?
“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” – Winston S. Churchill
16) Did you consider moving?
“It’s easier to die than to move…at least for the Other Side you don’t need trunks.” – Wallace Stegner
17) Did you find your calling?
“I believe there’s a calling for all of us. I know that every human being has value and purpose. The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call.” – Oprah Winfrey
18) Did you quit your job (or anything else that needs quitting)?
“I never said it would be easy. Giving up is easy.” – Maria V. Snyder
19) Did you say “yes” more than you said “no?”
“There are an infinite number of reasons to say no. Instead, try to focus on one good reason to say yes.” – Jarod Kintz
20) Did you say “no” more than you said “yes?”
“I encourage people to remember that “no” is a complete sentence.” – Gavin de Becker
21) Were you content with everything you had at least 250 days of the year?
“Think of the word “content” – if you can feel like you’re content most of the time, everything is good.” – Bill Flay
22) Did you have less distress (“bad” stress) and more eustress (“good” stress)?
“If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.” – Santideva
23) Did you spend more time with your family?
“A man should never neglect his family for business.” – Walt Disney
24) Did you spend less time with your family?
“You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family.” – Unknown
“You can choose your friends but you sho’ can’t choose your family, an’ they’re still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge ’em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you don’t.” – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
25) Do you want more of what your life has brought, or less???
Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Dr. Rob D’Aquila – NYC Chiropractor – Diplomate and Board-certified Teacher of the International College of Applied Kinesiology