I am one lucky woman because I live with the best life coaches in the world: my dogs. Chip + Daisy are the most enthusiastic, the most passionate and the most optimistic creatures I’ve ever met. Some days I run a mental checklist wondering if I gave them enough hugs and kisses throughout the day.
But they never dwell on the past or worry about the future. They are born understanding that their purpose in life is to play, to love, and to be happy. We sure could learn a thing or two from them.
Below are just a few of Chip + Daisy’s life lessons on self-care.
Things My Dogs Have Taught Me About Health & Happiness
Never let your favorite humans out of sight
What humans can learn from it: Spend as much time as possible with your loved ones – they are precious.
If you really want something, like a toy or a treat, make lots of noise.
What humans can learn from it: If you really want something, like a raise at work or more attention from your spouse, ask for it; don’t expect that others will read your mind.
Never skip the afternoon nap
What humans can learn from it: Rest is important. Take a few minutes every day to close your eyes and meditate.
Water is the best drink in the world
What humans can learn from it: Skip sugary drinks and drink lots of water.
Always be ready to go outside
What humans can learn from it: Most people are stuck inside all day. Make sure to get out every day to get some fresh air and some sunshine.
Roll in the grass
What humans can learn from it: Go to your backyard or to a park; take off your shoes and walk on the grass. If you are really adventurous, lie down on the grass and look at the sky.
Jump for joy
What humans can learn from it: Do not suppress your emotions; if you are happy – dance!
A day at a doggie spa is not a luxury – it’s a necessity
What humans can learn from it: Do something nice for yourself regularly.
Play. A lot
What humans can learn from it: Play time is just as important as work; put it in your calendar.
Run for fun
What humans can learn from it: We were born to move; so move for fun and not because you have to.