1. Live it up!
While dogs are keenly aware of their surroundings, we, too, should be aware of the present and appreciate life around us. By learning to live in the moment and in the present, we start to embrace the people that surround us, our experiences -both good and bad- and in the end, we are happier and healthier.
2. Spread unconditional love
Dogs are natural lovers. Spreading our love each and every day with the significant people in our lives results in receiving love in return and it helps breaks down barriers among us.
3. Stretch, then make time for play and exercise
After a period of rest, dogs always take the time to stretch before getting on with the next activity. Stretching rejuvenates the body and gets it ready for more activity. These days, people are saying they are too busy to find time for play. But, adding play and exercise in life equates to doing something good for yourself. It re-fuels the spirit and energy within and makes us more productive. Besides, it’s fun!
4. Let yourself be REALLY enthusiastic
A dog’s enthusiasm for the smallest things, whether it is to chew on a bone or run through the park, is absolutely contagious. Allow yourself to get excited, show some passion, and embrace life.
5. Greet others with joy
Dogs take every opportunity to offer their love every time they see you, even if you’ve been away for 30 minutes.
Just as you greet people with love, take the time to properly say goodbye to your friends and family when you depart. It offers a great feeling of satisfaction and strengthens your bonds.
Like dogs, we should take the time to get some rest. Whether you choose to meditate, sneak in a nap, or take in some quiet time by either reading or sipping a cup of tea, rest provides a number of restorative plusses to the mind and body.
7. Look into their eyes
Communication is so important, especially these days when people are caught up with looking down at our phones to text friends and family. Talking to someone in person is a gift that we should embrace. Make eye contact and enjoy quality time with your friends and family.
8. Be persistent in your goals
The dog always tries to get up on the bed, or drops the ball at your feet in hopes that you’ll give in to his tenacious nature. Harness the drive within you to reach for your goals, never give up, stay positive.