One of the most important lessons we learned from Yale’s Happiness Course is that being happy comes down to focusing on what you have, rather than what you don’t have. For humans, that’s easier said than done. That’s because we’re programmed to take the good for granted and brood over the bad instead.
But not dogs. Every time you feed your dog, they react as though it’s the first time they’ve ever seen food. Every time you grab the leash to take them out for a walk, they zoom back and forth in a flurry of excitement.
And every time you walk in the door, even if you just went to take the trash out, they are bursting with joy. Dogs remind us that even though something may be routine, we should always take time to appreciate that it’s a part of our lives.