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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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                  Last Updated on October 17, 2018

                  10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Overcome Your Fear

                  10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Overcome Your Fear

                  The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

                  In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

                  Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

                  1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

                  What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

                  Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

                  2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

                  Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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                  How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

                  Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

                  Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

                  3. Get comfortable with discomfort

                  One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

                  Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

                  4. See failure as a teacher

                  Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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                  Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

                  Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

                  10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

                  5. Take baby steps

                  Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

                  Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

                  Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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                  The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

                  6. Hang out with risk takers

                  There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

                  Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

                  7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

                  Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

                  Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

                  8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

                  What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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                  9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

                  Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

                  If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

                  10. Focus on the fun

                  Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

                  Final thoughts

                  It will probably seem really scary at first to get out of your comfort zone. But as I said, you don’t need to jump right out of your comfort zone at once, you can take baby steps gradually. As you slowly push past your comfort zone, you’ll feel more and more at ease about the new stuff which seems so dangerous to you.

                  Take the first step and I’m sure you’ll make it!

                  Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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