How to Be Happy: Lessons I Learned From My Dog

A few years ago, I struggled with happiness. Although I always heard the phrase, “happiness is a choice”, I never believed it. Instead, I was convinced the world was out to get me. I wasn’t happy with my job, my social life wasn’t as fun as it used to be, and I recently broke up with my long-term boyfriend. It’s safe to say I was sad and lonely. So, I decided to get a dog.

Adopting a dog was the best thing I have ever done. Not only did I have someone to come home to every day and keep me company, but I also began to change. In some ways, my dog helped get me back on my feet. I switched careers, made new friends, and even rekindled a spark with a guy I knew from college. Finally, I decided to choose happiness.

If I could choose happiness, I know you can too. Choosing happiness is hard. That’s why it’s okay to get a little help along the way. So, here are a few lessons I learned from my dog of how you can be happy!

  1. Give Chances

Whenever you meet someone new, give them a chance. So what, if they look different than you or you’ve heard rumors about them from people you know? Push all of your judgments aside and give them a fair chance. You never know what could happen when you reach out to someone and get to know them.

  1. Try Everything

It’s important to be adventurous and take chances. Push yourself out of your comfort zone in every aspect of your life. From the food you try at restaurants, to the places you travel and the things you do, it’s important to try new things.

  1. Accept Compliments

A lot of people are guilty of rejecting compliments, I know I was. It’s easy to say something along the lines of, “Oh, you’re just being nice”, when someone compliments you. But, it’s also easy to say, “Thank you”, and give them a genuine compliment in return.

  1. Forgive

People will make mistakes and things will happen that you wish didn’t. But, it’s important to forgive these mistakes and actions instead of dwelling over them or holding a grudge. While holding a grudge might seem like the best solution when you’re mad at someone, it does nothing but hurt yourself. Grudges cause more anger, stress, and emotional turmoil than letting things go. So take some time, think things over, and welcome forgiveness with open arms.

  1. Enjoy Your Journey

Even the happiest person feels sad or angry sometimes. That’s normal. It’s only abnormal when you feel sad or angry majority of the time instead of feeling happy. Life is going to throw you twists and turns that you might not feel ready for. But, it’s important to enjoy life throughout all of the highs and lows.

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