What we can Learn from our Pets

They are our silent companions, some of the best friends we’ll ever have. We dote on them, we baby them. Some of us even dress them up and send them to the spa. You guessed it: we’re talking about our pets.

Pets act as our sidekicks, mood-enhancers, and Frisbee partners. Sure we love them, but what can we learn from them?

1) Not to Hold a Grudge

When’s the last time you got into a fight with your dog and the two of you ignored each other for three days? Probably never, as our pets teach us to get over our problems quickly so that we can get on with the good stuff: loving each other (oh yeah, and food). After engaging in a grudgeless match devoid of jealousy, hatred, or greed, our pets forget the squabble right away. They don’t pout or sulk (much). It’s all of these emotions that make us human, but we could take a tip from our pets’ laid-back attitudes.

2) Take It Easy

Have you ever seen a stressed-out golden retriever? Because they’ve got very little going on and little to worry about, tended pets are generally pretty relaxed. Take a cue from these easy riders. The next time you have the urge to lie down and you see your cat curled up on the bed or sprawled out on the porch in the sunshine, go do it. It feels good and your blood pressure will plummet.


3) Life Is Short

Relative to your own, the life of your pet is short. When pets pass away, they take a piece of our heart. When you think about your pet, don’t you want to give him or her the best life possible? Why not treat yourself the same way? Exercise, eat well, spend time with loved ones, and be sure to do the things in life that you enjoy. Nap throughout the day or lie in the sun. Life’s not all about the hustle and bustle and what you can accomplish.