The canine population certainly has a much better grasp on how to achieve complete happiness then us humans. Let’s face it, we humans love to analyze, obsess, doubt our own competence, we complain, and we live in that same destructive cycle constantly. While dogs on the other hand, live in the moment and they love harder than any other species. There are lots of lessons we could all learn from dogs, and when it comes to being happy, here are the most important ones.
They Don’t Overthink Anything
They are blissfully unfazed by an awkward interaction, a clumsy misstep in front of a pack of other dogs, or their strange reaction to the sound of the vacuum. They just live, never caring what others think.
They Love With Reckless Abandon
Canines are the most unselfish companions on the face of the Earth. It’s never about them, it’s always about you. They never read into anything, they never judge you, and they will never abandon you. If that’s not the definition of ‘ride or die’ then I don’t know what is.
They Get How Wonderful Food Is
Dinner time for them, just like for us, is the best time of the day. Dogs are never happier than when their bowls are filled. Their is bland and sometimes smelly too but it doesn’t change from meal to meal, so no fuss. But they wag and twirl and hop when dinner time comes.
Dogs understand the Value of a Good Nap
When they aren’t playing or eating, they are sleeping. We really need to take after them on this one. Us humans, are overworked, sleepy zombies sucking down caffeine as quickly as we can pour it because otherwise, we’d fall asleep in public places. Dogs lay down and shut their eyes the moment they feel a bit worn out. Oh dogs, we envy you.
They Aren’t Afraid to Get Dirty
If prancing through a muddy puddle looks appealing to dogs, they prance away without any concerns of needing a bath or tracking dirt inside or stained fur. They do what they want and don’t worry about minor consequences.
They are not afraid to interact with others
Watching dogs interact with other dogs is truly an amazing visual experience. They aren’t shy, but they don’t latch on to every pooch that crosses their path, either. They approach, they trade sniffs, and sometimes they’ll take a moment to play, but if there’s no connection, they move on with their lives immediately. No hard feelings and no rejection, ANYWHERE.
They Appreciate Quiet Things
Loud car engines, planes, kids or fireworks, dogs are not thrilled about. Everyday life is naturally pretty loud, so all quiet time should be cherished as a rare escape from the madness.
They Tolerate Lots of Silly Nonsense for Their Loved Ones
They will let you dress them, they will let you wrap them up in 500 blankets until they look like an ultra cozy burrito, and they’ll even let you put shoes on their paws despite how awkward it feels. They love you and will do anything to make you smile. That is love.
They are no quitters
Do you think a dog with cancer knows it has a life threatening disease? Even if they’re aware of the fact that they’re sick and something’s wrong, they can’t comprehend the weight and terror of a terminal diagnosis, and they certainly don’t throw in the towel and stop fighting. They take everything, even the really scary stuff, one day at a time. Because that’s all they can do. And they know that no matter what happens, a life filled with loved ones to snuggle and bowls filled with food is a life to be cherished and celebrated, regardless of what happens the next day.