Your pets can teach you a thing or two. How many times have you looked at your pet and wished you could just lie around all day and not worry about working, paying bills, or doing any of that normal adult stuff? I’m sure most people have thought it more than once.
We can learn a lot from our pets about living life. Here are just a few.
Enjoy Life’s Journey
A lot of time in life we either look back or forward. We think about how things used to be, maybe our childhood or a past romantic relationship. Or sometimes we look at our future goals, maybe a promotion or a trip.
Pets live in the moment. They don’t worry about whether the kibble they eat will make them look fat. Dogs are happy when they are running around playing or going for a walk. Cats are happy sleeping or climbing the furniture. They don’t think about where life is heading or are anxious about what’s going to happen. They don’t have any goals or expectations. They don’t compare themselves to others. They are just happy with the simple things in life.
Pets are all about playtime. They like to play with you or wrestle with other animals. Some dogs will fetch a dog for hours, never getting tired of it. Even older pets who are sick or have arthritis don’t let that stop them from having fun and running with the youngsters.
As humans we sometimes forget how great it is to just play sometimes. We get so wrapped up in work and other obligations that we don’t find time to do other things. Find an activity you like doing, and go out and do it on a regular basis. Make it a priority. Whether it’s a sport, hiking, bowling, or maybe it’s going to an art gallery. Playing isn’t just for children.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Have you ever seen your pet sleep deprived? I bet you haven’t. Your pets are masters of naps – it’s called catnapping for a reason. They just curl up into a ball and go to sleep. Pets know that sleep is a high priority and they take time to rejuvenate.
People should do the same. There are very few of us who are getting enough rest and more people are substituting it for caffeine. Researchers say that healthy men and women need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep per night.
Often we excuse our behaviour because we want to fit more into a day – do that extra work or study for that test. The irony is that our performance often drops any potential benefits of working those extra hours.
The Best Things In Life Aren’t Bought
How many times have you bought an expensive squeaky toy and it was destroyed in minutes? Or you got something for your cat and they enjoyed the box it came in more?
Our pets teach us that the best things in life can’t be found in stores. It’s not the gadgets, the phones, or the fancy clothes. It’s what you find along the way that really counts. There is nothing your dog enjoys more than just spending time with you. Whether it’s getting patted on the couch or going for a long walk. The time you spend with each other and the attention you give are your greatest gifts.
We hope this gives you a new perspective on how your pets make their life – and yours – more enjoyable. You should go out and live life to the fullest, just like your pet!
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