Archive for January 2017

Fon du lac park district police department rescue

Today if you don’t believe in miracles then here is a story that may change your mind! After a random last minute decision to take a long walk where we had never been before, the ranch manager (Kevin Ioerger) and myself the Director at Mended Hearts (a non for profit equestrian counseling center www.mended-hearts.org), heard a distressed yelping noise! After walking several miles in a secluded area off of the river down at the Woodford county conservation area, we saw a stranded dog on some fallen pine branches surrounded with unstable broken ice in the IL river! The dog had no way to get to shore and we tried to wade out waist high in frozen water breaking ice to get to her but it was over our heads! After calling numerous rescue services with no rescue craft available, Micheal Johnson Director and Chief of Fondulac park district police department answered our call! They had just purchased a rescue Hover craft from a generous anonymous donor that the boat is named after called “Rosemary”! Chief Johnson raced to the rescue right before dark, the Chief and Kevin jumped into the rescue hover craft and down the river shore they went while I ran on foot on the the path to where the pup was to beacon them with a light to find the stranded pup! With the boat struggling through the ice the rescue was made! We thanked Chief Johnson profoundly and Mended Hearts staff brought the poor frozen lab pup to Mended Hearts barn, dried her and warmed her and fed her, she was ravenously hungry! Exhausted we changed into dry cloths and decided to get something to eat at the Duck Inn and so it happens that day a lady had brought in a hand made poster of two lost family dogs! Ken the owner had heard our story and pointed out the poster! We called the family and found out the pup’s Name was “Mazie” had been missing with another one of their dogs (older black lab named Lucky) for almost a week! The Salem family raced to Mended Hearts and in tears embraced their beloved dog! It turns out they had been praying all week and before I had called them, their daughter (who is the owner of Mazie) had just told her dad she didn’t think she would ever see her beloved lab pup again! Her parents being a family of faith had told her not to give up believing and pray! 10 minutes after that prayer she had our phone call! Now this story isn’t just for dog owners it’s for anyone that seems all hope is gone, never stop trusting God to hear your prayers even when seems all hope is lost!

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How Happiness Affects Our Health

Doctors, psychologists, economists, and other experts have recently got together to find out what makes us happy and have come to surprising results. One of the main topics was how to measure happiness. While some experts state that there are many ways to measure happiness, like capturing a person’s feelings, satisfaction in life or being healthy and physically fit, others say that you can’t really measure happiness but you can see it.

While money does play an important role for many, once they have enough to support their style of living they focus on other values. In many cases, friends and a functioning family are more important. Most people also need meaningful and creative work to find happiness.

Studies have also found that there is a connection between happiness and health. In general, people who are happier have a better overall health. Their immune system works better and they are not as stressed as others. In addition, happier people may be able to live longer and enjoy their happiness. Data also suggests that those who laugh a lot, have a good sense of humor and are often in a good mood are also happier.

Is there a way of learning happiness or improving it? Some experts say that if people express their thanks and gratefulness they can become happier. Engaging in informative conversations can also contribute to more satisfaction and happiness. Not surprisingly, men feel that a good love relationship is an important factor in being happy.  Happiness is also contagious. Reports say that if you happen to have a member of your family or a friend near you who is happy, chances are you will be happy too http://www.english-online.at/news-articles/health-medicine/how-happiness-affects-our-health.htm

New Year Resolution Lifestyle Changes That Last

You’re once again feeling motivated to eat better, exercise more, drink less caffeine or make any number of the positive lifestyle changes you’ve been telling yourself you want to make. You’ve tried before — probably declaring another attempt as a New Year’s resolution — but without feeling much success. Making a lifestyle change is challenging, especially when you want to transform many things at once. This time, think of it not as a resolution but as an evolution.

Lifestyle changes are a process that take time and require support. Once you’re ready to make a change, the difficult part is committing and following through. So do your research and make a plan that will prepare you for success. Careful planning means setting small goals and taking things one step at a time.

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/lifestyle-changes.aspx

 

Body Image

During adolescence, young people often think a lot about how their bodies look. They also compare their bodies with others. A positive teenage body image is an important part of healthy self-esteem, and you can help your child think and feel positively about his body.

Your body image is how and what you think and feel about your body. It includes the picture of your body that you have in your mind, which might or might not match your body’s actual shape and size.

A positive or healthy body image is feeling happy and satisfied about your body, as well as being comfortable with and accepting the way you look.

A negative or unhealthy body image is being unhappy with the way you look. People who feel like this often want to change their body size or shape.

Body image can change through your lifetime, and is strongly connected to your self-esteem and healthy lifestyle choices. When you feel good about your body, you’re more likely to have good self-esteem and mental health as well as a balanced attitude to eating and physical activity.

A healthy body image in childhood can lay the foundations for good physical and mental health later in life. An unhealthy body image in childhood can have long-lasting consequences.

Boys, girls, men and women can all be affected by body image issues, but in different ways. For example, teenage girls who don’t like their bodies often want to lose weight and be thinner. Teenage boys want to lose weight, be taller or have more muscles.

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/body_image.html

Self-esteem in Children

Self-esteem is a very important ingredient for a successful and happy life. A person can be blessed with intelligence and talent but if he or she lacks self-esteem, this can be an obstacle in achieving success in a job, a relationship and in virtually every area of life.

The early years of a child’s life are the foundation for a positive self-esteem.

As parents, we cannot control everything our child sees, hears or thinks, which will be contributing to his or her self-image. But there is still much that we could do. We have the child at the earliest years of his life; G‑d has given us a special gift–a new human being with a “clean slate.” During those early years, what goes into the child’s mind is very impressionable. Parents are therefore provided with a unique, never-to-be-repeated opportunity to set up a “self-esteem bank account” in which the child will store many positive things about him or herself. In the years and decades to come, this “bank account” will balance out negative experiences, which are unavoidable.

So how do we endow our child’s bank account? How can we, as parents, build up our child’s self-esteem? The following are some suggestions:

  1. Show love and affection to your child. All our dealings with our children, starting from infancy, should be done with a lot of affection and love. A baby who was dealt with love and affection will get a subconscious feeling that s/he is worthy and important enough to be loved.
  2. Compliment your child. Give your child compliments as often as possible, whenever they do something right. Say, “I am very proud of you. You are very special. I like the way you have done it.”
  3. Make your compliments credible. It is important, however, that the compliments be credible. Exaggerated compliments like, “You are the best in the world. You are the nicest person that ever lived” can actually be counter-productive. The child will develop an inflated ego, and that can affect his relationship with friends, which in the long run will have a negative effect on his or her self-esteem.
  4. Set goals for your child. The goal should be something attainable–to get dressed by herself, to get a certain mark on his next test. Set goals that are suited for the child’s age and capabilities (setting a goal which is unattainable will have a negative effect). As the child works toward the goal, coach her along and compliment her success each step along the way. Once the child reaches the goal, compliment her achievement and reinforce her self-image as an achiever.
  5. Criticize the action, not the person. When the child does something negative, say to the child, “You are such a good and special child, you should not be engaging in such an activity,” instead of saying, “you are a bad child.”
  6. Validate your child’s feelings. When your child suffers a blow to his self-esteem, it’s important to validate his feelings. For example, if the child gets offended by a hurtful comment made by a friend or a teacher, say to the child, “Yes, you were offended by what that person said” or “you were offended by the fact that the other person doesn’t like you.” Only after the child feels that his feelings have been validated will he be open to you bolstering his self-esteem by pointing out the people who do like him, and the positive things that others have said about him.
  7. Be proud of your child. On a regular basis, we must remember to tell the child how fortunate and how proud we are to be her parents.
  8. Talk positively about your child in the presence of important people in his life, such as grandparents, teachers, friends etc.
  9. Never to compare your child to others, saying, “why aren’t you like Johnny?” When such comparisons are made by others, reassure your child that she is special and unique in her own way.”
  10. Make sure that others dealing with your child know your child’s strengths. At the beginning of the school year, speak with your child’s teachers and tell them what your child’s special strengths are and about the areas in which he or she excels, so that the teacher will have a positive outlook towards them and will continue to build on those strengths.
  11. Tell the child on a regular basis that you will love them unconditionally. When they fail, or do the wrong thing, remember to say to them, “You are special to me, I will always love you, no matter what!”
  12. Tend to your own self-esteem. You need to see yourself in a positive light. Parents who lack self-esteem will have difficulties bringing up a child with a high self-esteem. A good positive parent is a parent who knows that he or she is not perfect but values him or herself, while always trying to grow and improve.

www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/365614/jewish/12-Ways-to-Build-your-Childs-Self-Esteem.htm