AdNet has implemented a “bring your dog to work day” that allows us to bring our dogs in occasionally on a Friday. Sometimes it can get a little chaotic at first, but once the dogs calm down there is so much laughter and joy they bring to the workday. There are so many benefits to having an animal, even though the beginning stages can be a little tough, you quickly realize how worth it these animals are. From the loyalty, to how genuinely happy they are see you walk through the door, it really makes coming home from a long day at work that much more enjoyable. I truly believe that dogs were put on this earth to provide companionship and inner healing for humans.
Most people have that undeniable bond with their dogs because they give us the unconditional love and friendship that sometimes you cannot get from humans. It really is amazing to thing how compatible humans and dogs are. Between therapy dogs, Seeing Eye dogs, and other service dogs, it is amazing to see how much both human and dog rely on each other.
Today, I am going to talk about 3 life lessons that everyone can learn from their dog:
1. Practicing Happiness: There is the common phrase “Think Happy, Be Happy”. Sometimes, when you are feeling unhappy, just changing your attitude or the thoughts in your head can do wonders. Dogs exude happiness by wagging their tails, fetch toys, and give us kisses and affection.
2. Be Proud of your Accomplishments: Dogs are constantly seeking out praise and approval from their owners. I know my dog gets so happy and proud when I give her praise that her tail is wagging so much she just exudes being proud. This practice can be tough, but it is OK to give yourself and big pat on the back from time to time. At the end of the day, if you are not proud of yourself, how can you expect anyone else to be?
3. Listen: Dogs are some of the best listeners. They may not understand exactly what we are telling them, but they always provide that patient attention. Sometimes, when people are venting or talking about something, the immediate reaction is to give them advice on what YOU think is right. While this can be beneficial, sometimes it can help even more to just listen and not give any advice at all.
Even though dogs cannot communicate with words, it is amazing that we can still share that strong bond. There is so much to take away from how dogs live their daily life. Dogs live such a simple life and with the chaotic and faced paced society we live in today, sometimes it helps to take a step back and really be present . Dogs never worry about things that have happened in the past or what is coming up in the future, and I truly believe that having your mindset and thoughts in the present goes hand and hand with the happiness we feel.