Hey, friends! I hope your week is going great.
Today I am excited to kick off a new segment on I’m Busy Being Awesome, which I am calling: Things I’ve Learned Thursday. These posts will share – you guessed it – my most recent discoveries, realizations, and lightning bolt moments that I think you will love.
I was inspired to write this first post while cuddling with my dog, Bruno, last night. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you may have heard me mention Bruno in the past. He is my four-year-old zany Dalmatian who brings laughter, happiness, and a heart full of love to my life every day.
And as we snuggled up on the couch, I felt a sudden rush of gratitude toward this energetic ball of love, not only because of the joy he brings to my life, but also because of the important lessons he’s taught me along the way.
And that, my friends, is what I want to share with you for our first Things I’ve Learned Thursday segment: five life lessons I’ve learned from my dog.
Let’s do this!
5 Life Lessons I’ve learned from my Dog
Celebrate the Little Things
One of the things that I love most about Bruno is his excitement over everything, both big and small. (If you’ve ever owned a dog, I’m sure you can relate.) The mere mention of playing catch, taking a car ride, or going for a walk is enough to make him leap off the ground with tail wagging and eyes shining.
Give him a squeaky toy, and you’ve made a friend for life.
So what can we learn here? Simply put, we can learn about the importance of mindfulness and gratitude.
With the fast paced society in which we live, I think we could all benefit from intentionally highlighting and celebrating the daily joys that come our way.
And while I may never have the same unwavering enthusiasm toward going to the gym as Bruno does for going on a walk, I can embrace the fact that I have the health and energy to do so.
So lesson #1: Celebrate and appreciate the little things, because that’s what life’s all about.Life lesson #1 that I learned from my dog: Celebrate and appreciate the little things, because that’s what life’s all about. #doglover #lifelessons #findyourhappy Click To Tweet
(Looking for more tips to practice gratitude? Check out my post, How to Start a Gratitude Journal, here!)
Don’t Give Up
When I’m trying to get work done, whether that’s writing a lecture, grading papers, or editing a blog post, and Bruno wants to do something else, he will eventually – without fail – win out.
Case in point? I think a picture is worth a thousand words…
Yes, Bruno literally crawled up into my lap and then proceeded to sit on my shoulder until I stopped working.
Did he win? You bet he did.
Lesson #2: If you want it, don’t give up until you have it.
Show Your Love
Whether I’ve been gone for three hours or three days, Bruno holds nothing back when I walk through the front door. He bounds in from the other room, leans his little body against mine, and does his happy dance while wagging his tail furiously.
And in the evenings when Ryan and I hang out on the couch, Bruno jumps right up next to us, snuggles in close, and breaths a deep sigh of contentment.
So what can we learn here? We can remember the simple message that actions speak louder than words.
This means that when your partner gets home from work, physically get up, walk over to them, and welcome them home. Ask them about their day, and then really listen to their answer.
When you have that valuable time with your family and friends, unplug from technology and simply enjoy one another’s company. Remember, healthy relationships are the key to happiness.
Lesson #3: Actions speak louder than words; let the people you love know it.Life lesson #3 that I learned from my dog: Actions speak louder than words. Let those you love know it. #doglover #lifelessons #findyourhappy Click To Tweet
(Looking for more tips to unplug from technology? Check out my post here!)
Sometimes it’s good to slow down
As I mentioned above, Bruno is a real ball of energy. He loves to go for walks, race around the house playing with his toys, and terrorize the cat every moment he gets.
Once that burst of energy wanes, however, Bruno responds to his body, and he knows when to rest.
It doesn’t matter the time of day or what’s going on around him; when he’s ready for rest, he curls up with his favorite blanket, and he takes a snooze.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I struggle with listening to my body’s need for rest. I often “push through” with the help of my trusty sidekick: caffeine.
As we near the summer months, however, it’s my goal to take a cue from Bruno and slow down a bit. It’s my goal to rest when my body asks for it, and allow myself the recharge I need.
Lesson #4: Listen to your body, and rest when you need it.
Are you looking for more tips to practice self-care? Check out my post How to Practice Self Care in the Spring and then download my free list of 20 self-care suggestions for the warmer months.
The best comfort is a quiet presence
Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or in a general “funk,” Bruno has this incredible ability to simply sit by my side and lift my spirits.
His constant, quiet presence takes away any feelings of loneliness or isolation I may have, and his companionship and gentle nature offers the comfort I need to decompress and “find my happy.”
And it’s from this message that I’ve discovered how valuable it is to be that quiet presence for other people when they’re having a difficult time.
It is often tempting to jump in with suggestions and solutions and try to “fix” everyone’s problems. Sometimes, however, the best thing you can do is offer a lending ear, a squeeze of the hand, and a gentle smile.
Lesson #5: Be that constant, quiet presence.
And that does it for our first Things I’ve Learned Thursday! I hope you find these life lessons as valuable as I do. Now go give your pet a squeeze. ❤ 🐶
Do you have any pets? What life lessons have you learned (or rediscovered) recently? Let me know below!