Are You In the Moment? [Happiness Tip]

Are you troubled by worry or regret? Jim Carrey said, “If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.” Learn about the benefits of living in the hear and now.

“Hellooo! Are you there?”

That’s me translating for my dog. It was a typical morning. My thoughts were racing ahead to all that needed to be done. My pup wanted me to throw him his ball however. He placed his head on my lap while I was trying to eat breakfast. Then he placed his big paws on my shoulders, so you can imagine that got my attention! Finally, I threw him his ball. You know how that goes. He brought it back for more, and more . . .

My thoughts drifted back to the “here and now.” It’s a less stressful place actually, the here and now. I stayed in the moment for awhile, enjoying playing with my dog.

Dogs are some of my favorite teachers, imparting wisdom into my life in ways I never thought possible! One of the most cherished lessons I’ve learned from my dogs is to live in the moment. 

Dogs are masters of mindfulness. In other words, they are aware of their surroundings and what they’re doing moment by moment . . . and I believe that they extract the fullest joy from each moment. I think this is what gives them their carefree spirit.

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Earth Day Prayer

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.” Psalm 24:1-2
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for beautiful earth. What an incredible gift you left us! Help me today, and everyday, to care for it with tender loving care.
Amen
Happy Earth Day!

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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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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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