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8 Life-Changing Lessons From Your Dog For A Happier Life

Written by: Adrian Holguin, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 

First, I would like to say that I was never a huge fan of dogs as a child. My family always kept dogs outside the house, but I must admit we never treated them as part of our family. They were simply guardians of the house if someone tried to break in and kill everyone.

cute dog at the beach

However, my story does not end there. The lovely wife I married had a dog when I met her before we were married, and he and I came to an agreement of "I do" during the relationship. In the beginning, I was unsure whether I would enjoy having a dog inside my house, leaving hair and saliva in every corner. However, after a few weeks, I began to feel affection toward him, and we would take naps together and run or walk through the neighborhood. I really enjoy having an unconventional friend. Have to say I like it so much, that now I have 3 dogs as part of my lovely family.


My story relates to the fact that my first dog has been a part of my life for ten years now, I have witnessed his growth and development from a teenager to an adult, and now he is a senior (if that is a term that can be used for dogs as well). I have enjoyed teaching him some tricks and doing some stuff with him, as well as taking care of him and carrying him to the steps he cannot climb on his own anymore.


Even though I would like him to live longer, I must be prepared to say goodbye to my friend. As everything should be a path of knowledge for us in life, I would like to share some of the knowledge that my friend has shared with me over the course of these years. Through the observation and understanding of our canine companions, we can learn essential lessons that will enable us to become the best versions of ourselves.


8 Life-Changing Lessons From Dogs


1. Embrace The Present Moment

Dogs have a natural ability to live in the moment, without dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. They embrace each new experience with enthusiasm and curiosity, fully immersing themselves in the present. We can learn from their example to practice mindfulness, focus on the here and now, and find joy in life's simple pleasures. By living in the present, we can reduce stress and improve our overall mental health.


2. Show Unconditional Love And Loyalty

A dog's love is unwavering and unconditional. They are always there for their owners, offering comfort, support, and companionship. This loyalty can inspire us to treat our relationships with more kindness, patience, and understanding. By prioritizing the well-being of our loved ones and showing them that we genuinely care, we can cultivate deeper, more meaningful connections.


3. Communicate Effectively

Dogs are excellent communicators, using body language, facial expressions, and vocalizations to express their feelings, needs, and desires. Observing how dogs communicate can teach us the importance of effective communication in our own lives. By being mindful of our body language and tone of voice, actively listening to others, and expressing our emotions openly, we can foster better understanding and prevent misunderstandings in our relationships.


4. Adapt To Change With Resilience

Dogs are incredibly adaptable creatures, able to adjust to new environments, routines, and situations with ease. Their resilience can serve as an example for us to embrace change, and learn to bounce back from setbacks. Developing a positive mindset, and viewing challenges as opportunities for growth, can help us navigate life's twists and turns with grace and confidence.


5. Prioritize Self-Care And Physical Activity

One of the most notable qualities of a dog is its enthusiasm for physical activity. They love to play, explore, and exercise, which not only keeps them healthy but also improves their mood. By incorporating regular exercise and self-care practices into our daily routine, we can enhance our physical and emotional well-being. This can lead to increased energy, better mental health, and a greater sense of overall happiness.


6. Embody Forgiveness And Let Go Of Grudges

Dogs have an uncanny ability to forgive and forget. They don't hold grudges, and they can move past negative experiences with relative ease. As humans, we often struggle with letting go of past hurts but learning from our dogs can help us cultivate a more forgiving attitude. By releasing grudges and practicing forgiveness, we can experience emotional freedom and create space for healthier relationships.


7. Cultivate A Sense Of Curiosity And Adventure

Dogs approach the world with a sense of wonder, curiosity, and adventure. They are eager to explore new places, sniff out new scents, and experience novel situations. By adopting a similar mindset, we can reignite our passion for life and create a richer, more fulfilling existence. Embracing curiosity and adventure can help us break free from our comfort zones, overcome fears, and discover new interests and passions.


8. Practice Gratitude And Appreciate Small Things

Dogs find joy in the smallest things, like a tasty treat, a warm patch of sunlight, or a soft spot to nap. They remind us that happiness can be found in everyday moments and that we should cultivate an attitude of gratitude for the simple pleasures in life. By practicing gratitude and appreciating the small things, we can shift our focus from what we lack to what we already have, fostering a more positive mindset and a greater sense of contentment.


In conclusion, dogs have a wealth of wisdom to share with us about living a happier, more fulfilled life. We can learn valuable lessons from our canine companions. So, take a moment to observe and appreciate the wisdom of your furry friend, and let their natural instincts guide you on your journey to personal growth and happiness. Remember, sometimes the best teacher can be found right at your feet, wagging their tail and offering a lifetime of love and companionship.


"Change your thoughts, change your life.”

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Adrian Holguin, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Adrian Holguin is a leading industry executive and thought leader. Holguin has developed long-term growth strategies for companies in order to increase their revenue. Holguin has collaborated with top executives to understand their demands, develop practical solutions, implement procedures to address your problems, and develop innovations and transformation strategies that create value. Throughout his career, Holguin has worked for international corporations as well as small and medium-sized companies in the food industry. He is dedicated to helping individuals change their mindset so that they can achieve everything that they desire in life. "Change your thoughts, change your life" is his karma.

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