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 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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Fear Not, the Lord has Gone Before You [Quote]


 “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” —Deuteronomy 31:8

“People say to me all the time, ‘You have no fear.’ I tell them, ‘No, that’s not true. I’m scared all the time. You have to have fear in order to have courage. I’m a courageous person because I’m a scared person.” —Ronda Rousey

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A Joyful Heart is Good Medicine [Quote]

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” — Proverbs 17:22
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”— Greg Anderson
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” Leo Buscaglia
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