Davi’s New Year Resolutions

Every new year I make a resolution or two, and most of the time, I actually keep them. But this year I decided to dig into some of the simple changes that you can make to live your best life. Take a look at some life lessons you can learn from your pets and ramp up your well-being for the new year.

Live in the Moment:

Animals practiced mindfulness long before it became popular in the human sector. Though I certainly experience fear at times, any anxiety is based on the circumstances now. I rarely worry about the past or stress about the future. While not preparing for the future is not as practical for humans, living in the present is a helpful practice. So be like your pets and enjoy the moment, you can deal with tomorrow…tomorrow!

Don’t Worry What Others Think of You:

I slip and roll down a hill with the same grace and confidence I exude when running unleashed through a meadow. I have no concern for how others will perceive me, nor do I wonder if they like me. I have confidence in my own ability that is not diminished by other dogs or the humans I interact with. People would live life much easier if their self-esteem and confidence came from within and was not shaped by the opinion of others.

Be Positive:

Dogs have a way of finding the good in most situations. The weather may be sweltering or stormy, but a dog will usually still be happy to take a walk with his favorite human. Even cats will discover a sliver of sunlight in an otherwise dark room and roll over to enjoy a sunbath. Animals find ways to accept and make the best of their surroundings. Pets don’t dwell on the negative aspects of their lives – and neither should you. Positive thoughts can create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile.

Forgive and Forget: 

I’ve had my tail stepped on, my dew claw nipped, and even had my snout slammed in the door, but seconds later, it’s over – no grudges, no hard feelings. I was right back to playing as if nothing happened.  Dogs don’t always recall specific moments when our feelings were hurt.  Take a cue from your canine and choose to forgive, forget, and move on.  Being bitter only holds up your life. Don’t get left behind because you are holding a grudge.  Forgive.

Take a Hike: 

Dogs are always up for an adventure and love to be out in the world.  Even ordinary outings are a chance to meet new dogs and sniff different things.  Get out there and embrace the opportunity to go places, meet new people, and appreciate the little things in life.

Enjoy eating: 

I don’t just eat my food:  I enjoy every bite.  Food doesn’t have to just be a source of energy; it can also be a source of pleasure.  Steal a page from your dog’s playbook and excitedly spin around in circles before feeding time! Instead of heating up leftovers again, make yourself something you will truly enjoy.  Eating delicious meals can be one of the most satisfying ways to celebrate your life.

Love Unconditionally:

One of the most important lessons you can learn from your pet is unconditional love. From greeting you happily at the door to nuzzling when you are having a rough day, pets are truly the masters of affection. If people loved each other the way animals love people, our world would be a much better place.

Make Memories

Have you ever noticed how happy your dog is the second he gets in the car and realizes he’s on his way to a good place? That’s because your dog remembers how happy he was the last time you did that amazingly fun thing. What was the last thing you did that made you so happy that you danced at the very idea of getting to do it again? Now’s your chance. Start making memories with the ones you love. And, for every photo you take of your pet, remember to take one of yourself, too. That way, when you’re living your regular life on those regular days that happen between the memorable ones, you can look back and remember how much fun it is to be you.

Going into a new year can be a good time to make a change in your life. But remember, the real key to making your life amazing this year is to find what makes you happy. Resolve what you will, but know that happiness is the ultimate goal. It starts in daily choices, not lofty resolutions – and any day is a good day to make the right change.