7 Amazing Benefits to Walking With Your Dog!

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.

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Take Time to Snuggle [Happiness Tip #5]

Happiness Tip: Take Time to Snuggle [blog post]

If you’re feeling sad, there’s probably one thing you’re looking for . . . RELIEF!In other words, you want to be happy again. What if I told you that snuggling has the potential to lift your spirit of heaviness?

During a difficult and busy season of my life, I found myself battling the blues. Day after day it lingered and I desperately wanted to find some relief. Then, late one evening, I was slumped in a chair, head down, with tears streaming down my face. My dog was right there at my feet and gently reached up to lick my tears. She then laid her head on my lap as if to say, “I’m here for you, wanna cuddle?” Of course I obliged and almost immediately felt relief from my sadness.

Happiness is found in many places, and for many people that place is in the company of their beloved dogs. Dogs always seem willing and ready to share their healing hugs, or to lend a listening ear.

Of course finding relief from sadness is not reserved only for our pets. Intimacy with others is one of the essential elements to make human beings happier, but we don’t often take enough time to sit and relax with those we love.

What if we took time to stop, sit, and snuggle more often? How would that affect our moods and outlook on life? Let’s consider how showing affection to our human companions (family and friends) and our pets can enhance our life.

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NO ONE IS USELESS IN THIS WORLD

Quote of the day by Charles Dickens

“NO ONE IS USELESS IN THIS WORLD WHO LIGHTENS THE BURDENS OF ANOTHER.”—Charles Dickens

This inspirational quote of the day is a wonderful reminder that we all can play a part in helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
I’m in awe of all the wonderful stories I’m hearing about neighbors helping neighbors, as well as organizations who’ve rallied to help those in need. As an animal lover, I’m also deeply touched by all the incredible men and women working round the clock to help dogs, cats, horses, cattle, and all sorts of animals affected by Hurricane Harvey.
I just shared a short post on my other blog (Pawz and Pray) to highlight their efforts. Follow the link below if you’d like to read it. Thanks for visiting! See you soon 🙂
They Weren’t Going to Leave Their Pets Behind [Hurricane Harvey Animal Rescues Videos]

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How My Poodle Brought Me Through the Fire [The Incredible Power of the Human-Canine Bond]

Shock, disbelief, and fear gripped my heart! I watched helplessly as our house filled with smoke knowing that my dogs were still inside.
Never was the Human-Canine Bond more evident than when I experienced a house fire! My husband had been relocated and was house hunting in another state, so I found myself all alone. Well, not really. I had my dogs! The story I’m about to share reaffirmed how incredibly powerful the human-canine bond is in helping people deal with stressful events.

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How I Found Relief From Sadness

puppy licking face

“There’s no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” —Ben Williams
While trudging through a season of sadness, there was one thing I longed for more than anything else—RELIEF! In other words, I wanted to be happy again.
Sadness is a normal human emotion, but when it lingers, depression may be looming on the horizon. Having experienced both at different times in my life, I knew to take quick action …
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