Well, sorry for the late morning post, but I definitely woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Don’t you just hate when that happens? For no reason at all you just don’t feel right, want to bite anyone and everyones head off, and worst of all, you hate yourself for feeling that way. What a big pain, talk about interfering with the day!
So what did I do about it you ask? Well, I started looking online for anything that might spark a change in mood, and or, a crack of a smile. I first started with looking at quotes regarding happiness. A few from Gandhi, the Dalai Lama and Confucius. Great stuff, but no luck. Then I started perusing poems, stories about heroes and even pulled out the big guns with Disney photos…. but again, not even a slight glimmer of happiness.
So I got back into bed and thought, and sulked, and thought again. And Bam! I remembered. My favorite thing to do when I was younger, when I was having a bad day, was to go to my local pet store and visit the puppies. While I didn’t exactly have time for that before getting back to work this morning, I did start looking up puppy pictures…..
This is what I found.
Huge Smile! I absolutely love puppies and sunflowers and here we go… them combined! Did you crack a smile yet? If no, how about now…
Yes! I knew you would like this one… but if your still telling me your feeling stressed, unhappy, down in the dumps… take a gander at this…
Huh, huh? You know you cannot just smile ear to ear with this one! A huge warm fuzzy feeling is taking over you, I just know it!
The thing about animals, but more specifically dogs in this case, is that they have an ability to bring amazing happiness, calm, centeredness and most of all, love. Therefore, it is no wonder that there are over 24,000 dogs involved in therapy programs today. They have found that dog visits help with improving blood pressure, improving feelings of loneliness, reducing depression, increasing socialization and raising self-esteem. Therapy dogs are most often used in nursing homes, hospitals, schools, disaster areas and centers for those with disabilities. One of the largest volunteer organizations in the US is Therapy Dogs International. So if you have an adorable dog that has brought you happiness and joy, much like these little guys did today, you might want to think about participating. You know, over 30 studies show that those that volunteer enjoy longer lives, higher functional ability, and lower rates of depression and heart disease.
I hope we have gotten you out of your funk if you had a morning like mine. And even if you woke up like Mary Poppins this morning, I hope we all feel inspired to share the love of our favorite animal with those in need.
Happy Puppy Morning!