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Keeping A Dog Can Help You Become The Best Version Of Yourself, Study Finds

Keeping A Dog Can Help You Become The Best Version Of Yourself, Study Finds

Dogs really do make this world a better place. A recent research was conducted to survey over 1,000 Americans online to find out just “how good” our dogs are for us. According to the results, most dog parents have learned to be more patient, selfless, and loving. Keep reading to see how having a dog can really benefit your life:

1. We are the most patient

    Dogs are pretty smart, just not smart enough to read our minds. It’s up to us to teach them right from wrong and good from bad. You must remain consistent in your praise and punishment. Getting them to learn commands and to stay off the furniture requires everyday patience. No vacations or half days, but you’ll become a better person for it.

    2. They get us more excited to get up in the morning

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      It’s hard getting up in the morning. Hearing our alarms go off is something we dread. However, 71% percent of people from the study reported that they had an increased feeling of overall happiness when having a pet to wake up to in the morning. One in four of those same people said they didn’t feel as inclined to hit the snooze button because they got excited to get up and begin their day with their pup.

      3. What are boundaries? We don’t have any

        Having a dog really breaks down most of our barriers. Well over 43% of people said they let their dog follow them into the bathroom. If you get to watch them go every day, it would only seem right for them to invade your privacy as well. It’s all out of love, and love has no boundaries.

        4. We aren’t comfortable until the dog is

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          Some of us are guilty of sharing the bed with our dogs. Over a third of owners said they will cater to their pup to ensure they get a great night sleep, even if that means they’re sleeping on the edge of the bed. We put up with the snoring and lack of space to spread out, a sacrifice over half said they would not tolerate for another human being. If that’s not love, I’m not sure what is.

          5. We become overly generous

            Our generosity knows no boundaries. 97% of those surveyed said they would go way out of their way just to make their dog happy. 93% said they can’t wait to get home after a long day to see them, so it would only make sense to not come home without a new toy or their favorite treat. Being generous is a great quality to have when it’s directed at the right person, and maybe that’s just your dog right now and that’s okay!

            6. We are just so loveable!

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              As a dog owner, you know the importance of them liking someone you’re thinking about letting into your little pack. Learning to allow yourself to let down your walls and be more affectionate through your pet can really benefit all your current and future relationships.

              7. We know how to work through and talk about our emotions

                We’ve gone through pretty bad breakups at one point or another, lost a family member, got into an argument with our BFF, you know what I mean. Human support systems are great to have, but there’s just a level of comfort and affection you get from your dog. 85% of dog parents said their dog has gotten them through some pretty difficult times. Almost the same amount consider their dog to be their best friend.

                8. We will give up wine and binge watching shows on Netflix

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                  Can you believe that 90% of dog owners would literally give up anything for a whole month if they knew it would make their dog happier? This includes drinking and watching their favorite TV shows. That’s quite the commitment and dedication. Being able to give up habits at the drop of a hat for the ones you love is something to take pride in.

                  Final reminder: It’s important to keep in mind that having a dog is like having a child. It’s a lifelong commitment, and responsibility is the key!

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                  5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

                  5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

                  Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

                  Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

                  But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

                  Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

                  But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

                  Journal writing.

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                  Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

                  Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

                  Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

                  1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

                  By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

                  Consider this:

                  Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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                  But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

                  The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

                  2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

                  If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

                  How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

                  Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

                  You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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                  3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

                  As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

                  Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

                  All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

                  4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

                  Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

                  Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

                  The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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                  5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

                  The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

                  It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

                  Kickstart Journaling

                  How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

                  Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

                  Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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