Dogs may not have Ivy League educations, but when it comes to instincts and smarts, our beloved pet could run circles around us. Here are 4 valuable life lessons that you can learn from your dogs.
Greet everyone with a smile
Whether you’ve been gone for just a few hours or the whole day, your dog is always waiting by the door to greet you as you arrive. Even if you come in the most ungodly hours, that is.
It’s nice to see your pet joyfully wagging his tail as he welcomes you home. You can do the same to any of your family members by closing the laptop or turning off the TV even just for a few minutes and get up to say hello and ask how their day went. This is one of the easiest ways to make someone feel appreciated.
Express happiness openly
You know that a dog is excited or happy when their whole body wiggles with joy. They jump around and wiggle their tails, unable to contain their emotions. Their happiness is actually contagious. Later on, you find yourself smiling and joining them in their excitement.
When we openly express our happiness, we can spread positivity to everyone around us. So, if you are feeling happy, just smile and let everyone around you share in your joy.
Dogs are considered as one of the best listeners on the planet. When you want to vent about something or want to get something off your chest, you can share it with your dog. They may not be able to understand what you’re trying to say nor can they speak, but your four-legged friend will stay by your side and pay attention.
The same principle can also be applied with our human friends. Feel free to listen to them, even without giving an advice. Mind you, listening is a big part of communication. The mere fact that you are willing to stay by their side and listen would mean so much to them.
Forgive and forget
If you come home late from work and have skipped your daily walk, your dog won’t give you a cold shoulder. Don’t you think it would be easier for all of us if we just learn to forgive and forget?
Holding a grudge causes you stress. Instead of stewing in silence, let the person know that he/she has hurt your feelings. If you can’t say it out loud, feel free to write all your feelings out.