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Happiness Tip: Hang Out with an Animal

We recently adopted a dog, which has given me a new perspective on how animals bring happiness to humans. We were certainly happy before we met Buster (pictured below), but rarely have I seen a sentient being bring so much sheer joy into a family.

I’m not surprised that research shows that greater health and happiness can come from caring for a pet. One study tracked “hypertensive stockbrokers” who adopted a cat or dog; caring for their new animals lowered their blood pressure more than prescribed medicine! And you may have heard about the study that found that dog-owners tend to get more exercise than folks without a dog. Exercise is, of course, a sure way to boost health and happiness.

Take Action: This week, find a cat to pet, a dog to walk, or a fish to feed. If you feel noticeably calmer after the experience, consider adopting!

Join the Discussion: Do your pets–or the idea of pets, if you don’t have them–bring more or less joy into your life? What about stress? Share in the comments.





Friday Inspiration: Elevator Joy Bomb

Go ahead: really smile while you watch this. Maybe even get up and dance! Advanced challenge: Go out and do something that is playful like this. How could you have fun for 5 minutes?)





Thursday Thought

In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.” — John Churton Collins





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Recent Press

The New York Times Motherlode Blog
"How to Start a Year-Round Family Gratitude Ritual" ...read

The Dr. Oz Show
"Happiness Boosters" ...watch

PBS Newshour
“What Makes Us Happy?" ...watch

Fox Business News
"How to Boost Office Morale"
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