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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 16, 2019

                  5 Powerful Ways for Building Fulfilling Relationships

                  5 Powerful Ways for Building Fulfilling Relationships

                  We all have relationships. We have acquaintances, relatives, colleagues, neighbors and friends. However, for a large percentage of us, many of these relationships are not fulfilling.

                  They are unfulfilling because they lack real strength; and they lack real strength because they lack real depth.

                  Unfortunately, in today’s society, we tend to have shallow, superficial relationships with others, and it’s extremely hard for this kind of relationships to provide anything more than faint satisfaction.

                  I’d like to show you, based on my experience as a communication and confidence coach, how you can add a significant amount of depth, and thus strength, to your relationships and make your social life a whole lot more meaningful.

                  Here’re 5 simple yet powerful ways for meaningful relationships building:

                  1. Meet More People

                  This is an apparent paradox, but the quality of the people you meet has considerably to do with the quantity of people you meet.

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                  If you don’t know a lot of people and you barely meet one or two new people every season of the year, considering the variety of individuals out there, you won’t meet very often people who are a good match with you in terms of personality, interests and values.

                  And since this natural match plays a huge part in building strong relationships, you’ll just as seldom have the opportunity to develop strong relationships.

                  Conversely, if you go out a lot, you meet a lot of new people and you constantly expand your social circle, you’re much more likely to meet people you match up well with, and these people have a tremendous potential to become good friends, reliable partners, etc.

                  This is why it’s important to meet more people.

                  2. Talk about the Things That Matter To You

                  A relationship becomes the strongest when two people discover they believe in the same things and have similar interests. It’s these commonalities regarding values and interests that create the strongest emotional connection.

                  I’ve noticed that many people keep conversations shallow. They talk about trivial stuff such as the weather, what’s on TV, the lives of various movie stars, but they rarely talk about what really matters to them in life. This is a mistake from my perspective, because it’s the perfect method for a relationship to not develop.

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                  Talk about the things that truly matter to you and give others a chance to know what you care about and what you believe in. If they believe in the same things and they care about the same things, they’ll eagerly let you know. Thus you’ll find meaningful common ground and you’ll feel more connected.

                  3. Express Vulnerability

                  Many people try to come off as perfect. They don’t talk about their failures, they hide their shortcomings and they never say anything that could embarrass them.

                  This is all just a facade though. You may appear perfect to some, but you know you’re not perfect and they know that too. You’re only human and humans have flaws.

                  However, by hiding your flaws, what you do succeed in is appearing cold and impersonal. You seem like a marble statue rather than a real person. And this makes it very hard for anyone to connect with you emotionally.

                  Humans connect with other humans, not with ideals. Keep this in mind and don’t be afraid to let your vulnerability and your humanity show. This is what takes a relationship to the next level.

                  Take a look at this article and find out Why Showing Vulnerability Actually Proves Your Strength.

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                  4. Have Integrity

                  Integrity, as I see it, is the alignment between your thoughts, your words and your actions. When you say what you think and you do what you said you’ll do, you have integrity.

                  This is a crucial trait because if you have integrity, people can trust you. They can trust you to give them an honest feedback, even when it’s hard to shallow, and they can trust you to keep your promises.

                  This trust is one of the central pillars of a strong relationship, both in your personal and your professional life. So, as challenging as it can be sometimes, always try to have integrity.

                  Be honest with the people around you, even when this will initially hurt them. It’s more important for them to trust you than to not feel hurt. And always do what you promised. Even better, think twice before you promise anything, and only promise what you really can and you are willing to do.

                  5. Be There for Others

                  Another central pillar of strong relationships is support. Connections between people grow sturdy if they can rely on each other for support when it’s needed, whether that support means a few kind words or several massive actions.

                  Of course, you can’t be there for everybody, all the time. Your time, energy and other resources are limited. But what you can do is identify the genuinely important people in your life and then seek to be there as much as possible, at least for them.

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                  Your support will help them practically, and it will comfort them emotionally; which makes one hell of a difference in a relationship.

                  The Bottom Line

                  With the right mindset and the right behavior, you can strengthen a wide range of relationships in your life and advance them as far as they can be advanced.

                  And with strong relationships, not only that you feel more fulfilled, but you feel more connected to the entire world. You feel that your life has real value, you have more fun and you live in the moment. An entire world of opportunities opens up in front of you.

                  Then your task is to simply walk through the open doors.

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