When I’m feeling blue, my dogs motivate me to get out and walk. And when I do, I always gain fresh perspective and feel happier!
Life is tough, and more often than not we find ourselves sitting inside lamenting our problems in the dark rather than getting outside and letting nature and sunshine help us heal.
Personally, I think dog owners have an amazing advantage in this area. Dogs need their daily walks or playtime outside. What better motivator to lay aside our problems and get outside and hang out with our furry friends!
If you’re feeling sad or troubled in heart, I’d like to encourage you to get your walking shoes on, and get outside. Let your dogs lead you to beautiful places where nature soothes the weary soul and vibrant colors ignite feelings of hope. Breath in the fresh air and exhale any worry and fear. See God in creation, be encouraged, and give thanks.
There are countless amazing benefits to walking your dog. These are just a few I’ve found personally helpful.
When I walk with my dog I feel:
- Less sad and lonely
- Less anxious and stressed
- More bonded with my dog
- More social
- More hopeful
- Healthier in mind and body
- Closer to God
God is good, all the time. Thanks be to God for His marvelous creation, especially for our beloved dogs!
Author of the book:
Pawz and Pray: Reflections about God, Life, & the Dogs I Love! Nominated for excellence in books by the Dog Writers Association of America DWAA.
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