1. Get messy.
Life’s a lot more fun if you’re willing to live in the moment and let go a little. If there’s one thing a dog knows, it’s the value of loosening up and getting a little dirty for the sake of a good time. You can always shower later!
2. Run, jump, and play–simply because you can.
Dogs don’t need an excuse to run around and experience joy. Wouldn’t life be a lot more fun if adult humans didn’t either? So the next time you’re in a beautiful field, why not leap around a little? Or even if you’re in your kitchen, why not dance around? There’s a good chance you’ll be glad you did.
3. Don’t be afraid to relax.
The pressures of life can make it seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, but it’s important to remember that relaxing is important. No dog has ever been afraid to take a good nap, and neither should you.
4. Be true to yourself.
Dogs know who they are, and they know who they’re not. They don’t shy away from a new experience, but they aren’t going to go out of their way to impress anyone. That kind of confidence is a beautiful thing to have in life.
5. Get a little goofy sometimes.
Where’s the fun in playing it cool? Dogs are always willing to look a little silly for the sake of a good time, and it shows. So the next time you think twice before dancing in front of people, think about what a dog would do. They’ll never let their ego get in the way of enjoying themselves!
6. Give everyone a chance.
If dogs have been told that they’re not supposed to get along with cats, they’re sure not acting like it. That’s the thing about dogs: they’ll approach each individual without prejudice or reservation, always willing to make a new friend. If only all people were like that!
7. Greet each day with new excitement.
Have you ever seen a dog lose interest in going on walks? Didn’t think so. Dogs have the ability to stay in love with each day like it’s their first. There’s no such thing as losing interest in the good things in life, and that’s what gratitude is all about. So the next time you feel something growing stale, remember how a dog would feel in that situation: grateful and excited to experience something all over again.
8. Don’t forget that food is awesome.
Food is a wonderful, magical, life-sustaining force, and it’s completely reasonable to greet a meal with a little happy dance, even if you’re a human.
9. Take care of yourself.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in your obligations and forget the importance of simple self-care. Dogs never forget, though; no matter the task that awaits them, they’ll always pause for a brief stretch. It’s little routines like this that show a love for oneself, and a willingness to prioritize what is most important: compassion that begins from inside.
10. Forget labels.
Ever wonder why a dog finds shoes to be just as much fun as a toy you bought for them at the pet store? It’s because they don’t care about what others have told them; they treat each object equally. They don’t waste time thinking about what others consider “normal.” That might not be the best thing for your shoes, but it is a great way to look at life. Forget about the brands and labels, and discover what’s truly right for you!
11. Be loyal.
For a dog, loyalty is automatic. A dog knows who’s most important in her life and sticks by them, regardless of what happens. Shouldn’t humans be the same way? After all, it’s when loyalties are tested that they matter most of all.
12. Don’t hold a grudge.
Dogs have a knack for forgetting the stuff that doesn’t matter, probably because most things, in the end, don’t really matter. Even if you’ve made mistakes in the past, dogs will forgive and approach every new moment with love. There are no grudges holding them back! Shouldn’t we humans try the same outlook?
13. Sizes and titles aren’t everything.
When a dog meets another dog, she doesn’t see a different breed or different-sized animal. She sees someone with the same potential as anyone else to be awesome or strong or mean or his new best friend. If only humans were the same way with each other!
14. Appreciate the little things.
No joy is too small for a dog to appreciate. Dogs are always willing to slow down and enjoy the simplest of pleasures in life. Why don’t humans stop and feel the wind in their fur once in a while?
15. Don’t be afraid to show how much you love someone.
Dogs aren’t afraid to greet you at the door when you come home and show you just how much they’re happy to see you. That kind of honesty is often missing from human relationships. Why not show someone just how much you care?