Loving our animals just comes naturally. No matter what kind of day we’ve had, they always lift our spirits and help us to forget our cares. In this way, they are also our best role models for how to love and be loved by our partners. Yes, human relationships are much more complex, but animals (especially dogs and cats) remind us every day that:
1. Love is just listening. In my experience, animals understand this better than people. Sometimes when things go wrong, we just want to vent—we don’t necessarily want advice or to go over every possible solution right now. Though it’s very human for a significant other to want to “fix” things, it’s wonderful to know that when you talk to your dog, she’s happy to simply hear your voice and offer puppy-dog eyes and cuddles. Our animals also remind us to listen when our loved ones need to vent, too.
“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” –Aristotle
We all have bad days—those days when everything seems to go wrong. Even when we strive to live mindfully and cherish the gift that is today, sometimes life has other ideas, and everything turns upside down and sideways.
It’s easy to give in to the negativity. But when we do, our bad day often becomes worse. It doesn’t have to be that way. What if we could turn our bad day good again?
Here are 10 simple ways to cheer up next time you find yourself stuck in a bad day:
Tomorrow is April 22—and millions of people worldwide will come together to celebrate Earth Day, the annual event born in 1970 to highlight support for important environmental causes. Will you be celebrating? You can do a Google search to find local Earth Day events near you, or even search this map on the official Earth Day website for ideas.
Since we share our planet with animals, I’m going to celebrate Earth Day tomorrow by spreading happiness to animals. How am I going to accomplish that, you may ask? Here are 10 fun ways:
This Friday marks the 46th annual Earth Day—but as lovers of animals and the environment know, every day can (and should) be Earth Day. That’s because every single day we make small decisions about which products to use, whether or not to recycle something, whether we should buy local or not, and so on. And day after day, these seemingly small decisions add up—big time. Sure, living green is a conscious effort, but as you’ll see below, it doesn’t have to be a difficult one.
If you share your life with dogs, check out the following 14 easy and inspiring ways both you and your pooch can go green, every single day. (If you’re more of a cat person, keep in mind that a lot of these tips will work for you, too!) From donating unused products to shelters and buying in bulk to choosing organic food for your favorite furry friend, we’ve got you covered with easy tips and tricks for living greener and smarter. (A big thank you to our friends at Ultimate Home Life for sharing this fun and inspiring infographic with us!)
Unless your favorite animal companion is a tortoise or a macaw, you know that when you bring home a new dog or cat, that they will unfortunately enter their senior years far too soon. Cats live on average 15 years; dogs, just 10-13.
But because I always try to see the bright side of things, and having shared my life with a senior dog (or two), I like to remind myself of the many ways my senior animals have actually made me a better person through the gifts they share so freely. Here are five incredible gifts of wisdom my senior animals have offered me through the years (do any of these sound familiar to you?):