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9 Reasons Why Pet Adopters Make Good Lovers

9 Reasons Why Pet Adopters Make Good Lovers

Almost everyone dreams of having a healthy, loving relationship with someone special. Unfortunately, not all relationships are successful, and not everyone makes a good lover.

Research has shown that people who share their lives with pets are more physically fit, are less lonely, and have better self-esteem. Could a pet’s unconditional love and acceptance also inspire people to be better in their human relationships? Are there certain qualities intrinsic to people who adopt pets that also make them successful in romantic relationships? Here are nine reasons why pet adopters are likely to be good lovers.

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1. They love companionship

People who adopt pets enjoy spending quality time with their pet and appreciate the connection and bond that only they share. They truly understand the importance of having and being a loyal companion and best friend. This is key to having a successful, lasting relationship.

2. They know how to give and receive unconditional love

Pets love freely and without reservation, which is the only way they know how to love. Pet adopters aspire to love their pets the same way, regardless of conditions. Because they have such good role models and receive unconditional love each day from their pets, they better understand how to give love to their partners. Unconditional love is foundational to great relationships.

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3. They have a selfless side

People adopt pets knowing that giving their time, attention, and love to their pet is all part of pet ownership. They understand that there are times when they must make certain choices or modify their life in some way because it is best for their pet. People who adopt pets have a selfless side, which always considers the needs of those who are important to them. What a great feature to bring to a loving relationship!

4. They value playtime

The importance of playtime for a pet cannot be stressed enough. Pet adopters know this and make time in their schedule to play with their pets. The benefits to both are endless. It’s exactly the same in their partnerships. When they value playfulness, whether the play is spontaneous or planned, their relationship is healthier, and the couple feels more light-hearted and close.

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5. They are attentive

It takes an attentive person to provide the excellent care a pet needs. People who adopt pets understand their needs and are quick to recognize any changes in their routine or behavior. Being attentive not only benefits pets, but it also helps relationships flourish. Pet people instinctively understand the importance of being present, focused, and attentive to their partner’s needs.

6. They are not afraid of commitment

When people adopt pets, they are in it for the long haul. They commit to caring for their pet for the rest of its life. They understand it is not always easy, but they find a way to work through the challenges. They bring this characteristic into their romantic relationships too, devoting themselves deeply to the one they love.

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7. They practice patience

It takes time and patience to teach pets basic manners and get them acclimated to the way a household works. Puppies especially take time to train. Pet adopters take it all in stride, knowing that persistence and patience will pay off. Having the quality of patience goes a long way in creating a strong foundation of trust with their partners.

8. They enjoy cuddling and giving affection

Pet people know there’s nothing better than a sloppy wet kiss after a long day. Cuddling on the couch and watching TV is one of the greatest perks of having a pet. It is also a major benefit in romantic relationships. Having the ability to give and receive affection can make or break a relationship, and people with pets have plenty of experience with both.

9. They don’t obsess over perfection

People who adopt pets know better than to expect perfection. Pets can be messy and unpredictable, and so can relationships. Bringing this quality into their relationships lets both parties feel free to completely be their imperfect selves, creating the space for a terrific, satisfying love life.

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

2. Pace Yourself

Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

3. You Can’t Please Everyone

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

6. It’s Not All About You

You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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