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5 Mindful Tips on Happiness from Your Dog

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Dogs – cute furry creatures that they are – are programmed for happiness. Somewhere along the way, they were installed with a chip that causes them to wag their tails, slobber all over you and otherwise love on you, regardless of what is going on in the world.

Think about it. How happy are you to get up at the crack of dawn each day, particularly during this time of year with freezing cold temperatures? I’d bet not very. Dogs, on the other hand, are just the opposite! In fact, they are over the top happy, running around the house like some kind of crazed happiness beast!

So what can you learn from your dog about happiness that can be applied on your own life journey? Here are 5 mindful tips on happiness from your dog.

1. Gratitude

Dogs live in the moment. They don’t really think about the weather outside and could care less if it is 30 below zero of a balmy 80 degrees. They just know they woke up and you are they. That makes them happy! Gratitude is a big time doggie cause of happiness.

2. Physical activity

Another thing that makes dogs get all happy in the morning is the prospect of going outside. Sure, they likely need to relieve themselves and go potty but they also know that the physical activity they are going to get through walking makes them feel good! Exercise and physical activity are known to help chase away the blues and improve mood. Why not try this and see what it does for you?

3. They accept who they are

Dogs are all about accepting who they are. You don’t see them primping in front of the mirror in the morning or trying to tap into beauty. Instead, they accept who they are and smile. A few minutes later, they jump all over you and make darn sure you know they are up and ready to go! Somehow, body image issues just are not important to them!

4. Look for something new

Dogs are naturally curious about their world. They are super mindful of their environment and make it a point to sniff out every nook and cranny that they can, even if they visited the same places a 1000 times before. They are always looking for something new. What would it be like for you to look for something new through mindfulness each day?

5. Social time

A final happiness lesson from dogs relates to social time. Think about it – doges are social animals by nature. They know that it is important to hang out with members of their family (meaning you and your family). They typically don’t isolate. Instead, they insert themselves right in the middle of you and those around you. If you dog doesn’t have the ability to be social, he/she will get all anxious and may stress eat as a coping mechanism. There is a lot to be learned from this behavior, don’t you think?

Final Thoughts

Dogs can teach us a lot. If reaching a state of greater happiness is one of your life goals, I encourage you to take time to watch your pooch. These amazing creatures truly are programmed with a happiness chip. What can you learn from them to make your day a bit happier?

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5 Mindful Tips on Happiness from Your Dog

John D. Moore, PhD

Described as folksy and down to earth, Dr. John Moore infuses current events and pop culture into his posts as a way of communicating wider points on issues related to wellness and goal attainment. His work has been featured in nationally syndicated media, including Cosmo, Men's Fitness and CBS Market Watch. He is a consultant to a number of Fortune 500 companies and institutions of Higher Learning. Dr. Moore is author of Confusing Love with Obsessionand Editor in Chief at: Guy Counseling.

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Moore, J. (2014). 5 Mindful Tips on Happiness from Your Dog. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 24, 2020, from


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