We can learn a lot from a dog.
First of all let me say that I think dogs are smarter than humans. We have work to earn money to feed them, pick up their poop on walks and bathe them regularly, and all we expect them to do in return is give copious amounts of love and joy. What a deal!
Think about your dog, or someone else’s if you don’t have one. When you walk into the house they greet you with a wagging tail and licks and happiness with absolutely no judgement.’
A dog doesn’t decide if he or she will be nice to you only if you are cool enough, or if you are good-looking or have a really nice car. And they don’t care if you didn’t do well on your presentation the other day or haven’t been exercising enough, they are happy to see you all the same. In return we’re excited to see them, and our mood gets better regardless of the day we had. It’s simply just a love-for-love exchange and that’s really how it should be.
Try and think like a dog the next time you’re interacting with all the people in your day, including people that you maybe resent or don’t like for a certain reason. Smile and be excited to see them. In the words of Dale Carnegie, “Give honest and sincere appreciation,” and “Be genuinely interested in other people.”In the meantime, I’ll be figuring out ways to get that puppy in the picture.