If you have a dog or love dogs, this should boost your ego. A recent American study measured the qualities attributed to dog lovers, and the results are in: having a dog makes you a better person!
They certainly make our lives happier, but can we actually learn something from them? Well, of course we can. Here are a few things your dog can teach you about being a better person. Listen up, your dog is actually doing more for you than you think.
9. Your Dog Teaches You Unconditional Love
Your dog will love you no matter what you do, what you feel like, or what you look like. It is pure and unconditional love, there are no strings attached. If you had a horrible day at work and you come home sad and angry, your dog will love you just the same. In your dog’s eyes, you are the star and the most beautiful person inside and outside. By your dog loves you so much, it helps you to love yourself more as we are usually too hard on ourselves. In addition, having this kind of love from your dog will help you obtain unconditional love towards others.
8. Your Dog Reminds You to Laugh
Dogs always do funny things, there isn’t a day that goes by that my dog doesn’t make me laugh. She always comes up with a new tactic to make my day brightener. With a dog around, life is guaranteed to be full of good laughs.
7. Stronger Relationships
With all that affection, niceness and likability, you’re bound to improve the quality of any of your relationships. Having such intense focus on your relationship with your pup will naturally lead you to similarly invest yourself in all relationships.
6. Your Dog Helps you Realize it’s the Simple Things in Life that Matter the Most
My dog knows what’s good in life: going to the park, spending time with others, cuddling, napping, and eating a good meal. Being around my dog has made me realize that it’s the simple things in life that make me the happiest too. I really don’t need to stress with a fancy vacation or have the latest gadget. Rather what I enjoy the most is a day at the park, spending time with my family and friends, some good food and I am more than thrilled. Thank you dog for this life lesson!
Short walks easily turn into long walks. Like kids, dogs wake up in the middle of the night to poop, pee or throw up. But you find yourself not feeling imposed upon. You want them to be better and you take the time to ensure they are. In essence, you learn the art of patience.
4. Your Dog Forces You to Get Exercise
There are days that I simply would not go outside, such as cold winter days. But I know my dog needs to go outdoors, so I do it for her. Once I’m outside I realize how great it feels and I don’t regret it for a single second! The 15-minute walk I initially planned turns into a 40-minute walk and both me and my dog are having fun and getting exercise.
3. Your Dog Teaches You Not to Hold On to Your Emotions
Dogs can become frustrated and will bark and growl for some particular reason, but then 5 minutes later they are playing and having fun. They don’t hold on to their anger and resentment, they forget and move on.
2. Your Dog Will Make You Feel Safe
It’s late at night and you are alone, but you have no fear because your dog is there to protect you. Your dog will be the first to bark and alert you of anything unusual (or sometimes usual if you have a super guard dog like I do). Even though I know my dog won’t hurt a fly, having my dog around makes me feel safe.
1. Your Dog Can Be Your Best Friend and Lifelong Companion
You can count on your dog being there for you through good times and bad times. Your dog will not intentionally disappoint you or break your heart. Knowing you have such loyalty from your dog will make you feel less lonely and more confident. Even if the world may feel cruel sometimes, your dog is here for you — waiting to offer you pure love and companionship.