7 Valuable Life Lessons I’ve Learned From My Dog

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When I was growing up, I wasn’t really the biggest fan of animals. I didn’t ever consider myself a dog person, but man did I not know what I was missing out on. I was completely wrong. I am a fully, die-hard dog lover, and my dog is truly my best friend. Ever since I got her, my life has changed in so many ways, and she has shown me how much needless stress I hold onto in life. Without my furry sidekick, I’d never smile nearly as much as I do now, so here are 7 life lessons my dog enriched my life with. I’m pretty sure all dog owners can relate.

7. Take time to play and do things you enjoy.

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When my dog wants to play with her toys, she plays with her toys. When she wants to roll around in the grass, she rolls around in the grass. She never cares who’s watching, and that’s something that is admirable. Once in a while, it’s important to give into things I love to do and let loose. Doing things that bring me happiness is essential to live a balanced, healthy life. Life’s not all about work, work, work.

6. Give things a chance and swallow fear.

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My dog proves to me each day that nothing good comes of not taking a chance and putting my all into something. I can’t waste time worrying about whether or not I’m going to be successful in what I try, but I need to just take the leap and do it. Sometimes, the best thing is to remind yourself not to think twice.

5. Enjoy the ride.

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Watching my dog stick her head out the window on a hot summer day is one of the greatest pleasures in my life. Seeing how free and weightless she becomes makes me, too, just want to let all burdens go for a while.Taking time to appreciate where your at currently is essential to keep enjoying where I’m at in life.

4. Loving unconditionally is most important.

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No matter how bad of a day I could be having, there is only one thing that gets me through it: knowing that I can come home to be smothered in love and kisses from my dog. Regardless of the situation, I am given full-blown, unconditional love each day, and that is beautiful. Seeing how happy my dog is to do this and cheer me up inspires me to move forward and want to do the same to show the love to others.

3. It’s okay to be curious about everyone you meet, but never cruel.

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It doesn’t matter who you are, my dog accepts and loves you. When she first meets you, she’s overcome with excitement and curiosity, and then she moves into a stage of appreciation for your presence. Just as I should strive to do, she never holds grudges or makes hasty judgements. People are people, and everyone deserves equal love.

2. Sometimes the best thing to do is simply take a nap.

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Let’s face it: life is hard to handle sometimes. No matter how much I try, I still find myself occasionally feeling down or stuck between a rock and a hard place with nothing else able to be done. When this happens, I take cue from my dog and give into the exhaustion in my body and just let it rest. The problems will still be there waiting for me when I rejuvenate, so there’s no use losing sleep over them.

1. Don’t take life so seriously.

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Life really isn’t so serious. We tend to complicate it by stressing out about anything and everything. I’ve learned that laughing at my misfortunes, mistakes, and fails, is the best way to make it through any situation. At the end in the day, it’s nice to be able to look at my dog and feel loved, wanted, and appreciated. In life, that’s all anyone really can ask for.

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