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Why It’s Wonderful To Date People Who Keep Pets

Why It’s Wonderful To Date People Who Keep Pets

Have you been seeing someone that is a devoted dog lover or a fan of felines? Dating a pet owner can have many added benefits to your relationship, including having a constant furry friend to play with and cuddle while watching TV. Here are some other reasons why going out with someone who has a pet can bring an added bonus to the relationship.

They know how to be nurturing

Having the responsibility of caring for a pet tends to bring out the more nurturing side of their owners and this quality translates over to their human relationships as well. Your partner has had a lot of practice caring for a pet in distress, whether they were suffering from an illness, stressed out from thunder or recovery from an illness. Having this caring quality is important for finding a partner, because that means that they are bound to take care of you just as well.

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    They understand dedication

    Having a pet is a long-term commitment that requires all owners to be willing to care for an animal for many years. For some pet owners this means 10-15 years of care! This translates well to a romantic relationship, where you will have a partner that understands the importance of dedication and is willing to stay with you through the ups and downs.

    They understand sacrifice

    Pet owners experience their fair share of having to make sacrifices in their lives, whether it is not being able to go on a weekend trip when their pet is sick to waking up early to walk their dog before work. It is important that you find someone who is willing to understand the importance of compromise and sacrifice within a relationship, because this is a key component to making a relationship successful.

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      They are not afraid of a little mess

      Shedding, bodily fluids and dirt all comes along with owning a pet. Dating someone who is not squeamish from when a cat coughs up a hairball on the carpet or does not mind dog hair everywhere is a keeper. Washing up and cleaning after a pet is part of the daily upkeep and less glamorous side of having a furry family member. Life can get a messy sometimes, both physically and metaphorically and it is important to have someone by your side who is there to help clean up and reassure you that everything will be fine!

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      They have built in stress-relievers

      Pets are great stress-relievers, whose affection and devotion to their owners and those around them help brighten their day and ward off anxiety and stress-related illnesses. This has been proven through the term “therapy dogs” where bringing dogs to school, hospitals and work sites have helped reduce stress levels. It’s important to find a partner that has a great outlet for stress and having a pet is an excellent way to make up for a hard day at work or a fight you had with your friend. Being around your significant other’s pet can also benefit you greatly and help you relieve any pent up stress that you have been experiencing. It is definitely cheaper than going to a therapist!

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        They are extra sensitive to your needs

        Having a pet means that as an owner you have to be extra alert to their needs, since you cannot speak the same language. Having a partner that is sensitive is key, because they are more likely to be able to be empathetic towards you when you are struggling or needing support. Learning to anticipate a partner’s needs is crucial to a healthy and happy relationship.

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        Last Updated on February 15, 2019

        Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

        Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

        In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

        And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

        Why is goal setting important?

        1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

        Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

        For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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        Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

        After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

        So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

        2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

        The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

        The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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        We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

        What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

        3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

        We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

        Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

        But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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        What you truly want and need

        Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

        Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

        Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

        When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

        Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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        Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

        Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

        Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

        The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

        It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

        Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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