Happiness Hack #14 – Play with Your Dog

Many scientific studies have shown that people who interact with dogs on a regular basis are more active, have lower stress, and are healthier than average. Being around dogs can also help us learn to be happier.

Dogs are excited to see their friends. We can improve our positive relationships and increase our own levels of happiness by showing a little excitement when we see our friends and people we love. We don’t have to jump up and down and run around in a circle, but letting go of the gruff exterior so friends know we appreciate their company contributes to happiness. Dogs are grateful for everything. Having gratitude, even for the smallest things in life, is a great way to raise our levels of happiness. Dogs forgive you no matter what. They refuse to hold a grudge. If you get mad at your dog, they will hide in a corner until your mood changes and then jump up excited the second you show interest in them again. We can all be happier by forgiving the people that challenge us and spending our time thinking about what we like rather than how someone wronged us.

When you want to be happier, spend a few minutes with your dog.
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