BYOH: Build Your Own Happiness or How to hack your own happiness buttons.
Today: A pet’s a good bet!
We can’t always rely on other humans to be around when (we feel) we need them and we don’t always get a chance to practice kindness, compassion, or empathy (depending on your work/living situation). Adopting your own personal animal friend or volunteering to babysit someone else’s animal companion can offer another avenue to pushing your own happiness buttons.
(Full disclosure: I suck at raising goldfish. But, I once had a turtle and that worked out just fine.)
Simply having a pet won’t make you happy, but it will boost your well-being, thus helping to push your happiness buttons.
Pets give us something to look forward to. For instance, dogs are always ecstatic to see us when we return home. I once had a cat who would wait by the door for my return and then rub up on my legs when I would enter. How sweet is that?
Of course, you can look forward to feeding them or walking them, as needs be, but looking forward to and caring for another living being (human or animal) can also boost your well-being. It’s comforting to be able to curl up with your pet or, at least, to interact with them, when you are feeling down.
If you can’t have your own pet, depending on where you live, there may be spaces that allow you to interact with domesticated animals, that’s beneficial to the animals and, likewise, the humans who connect with them. Or, you can take up dog-walking. Either choice will give you the benefit of connecting with another living being, whose company you enjoy, without the responsibilities that come with being a full-time pet owner.
What are your favorite kinds of animals to interact with that make you feel better?
Feel free, to visit my Facebook page and tell me what kind of things that you do to push your own happiness buttons or drop a line in the comments section. I would really love to hear from you.
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