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    3 Lessons From Your Dog About What’s Really Important In Life

    Here are three things dogs can teach us about
    what matters most in life: 

    1. Live in the moment

    Although dogs remember things like where the
    treats are kept, what street takes them home and
    who they’ve met before, they only access that
    information when they need it — in the moment.
    Whether they’re eating a bowl of kibble or chasing
    a ball, dogs live for the present moment. The past is
    gone; you can’t do anything about it. The future is
    unknown. The only thing you can really enjoy and
    affect is the present moment. 

    1. Play every day

    Dogs love to play, which usually involves lots of
    movement, whether it’s running, chasing or jumping.  

    This is a good reminder for us to play and move our
    bodies every day as well.  

    Playing opens up your mind and spirit to all kinds
    of new ideas and creativity It’s a needed break
    from the constant 24/7 work environment.  

    And if you can exercise while you play, even better.  

    Dogs actually give you a reason to get out and go walking,
    hiking, or running. 

    1. Enjoy the journey

    When dogs go for a car ride, they stick their head
    out the window, smell the air and feel the wind
    against their fur. They don’t care where they’re
    going. They’re just enjoying the journey.  

    Although goals are great to set, we often forget
    that it’s the journey that matters most. When we
    get too attached to the outcome, we set ourselves
    up for frustration, depression or even anger if
    our exact expectations are not met. Next time
    you set a goal, be open to other possibilities,
    and enjoy every moment of excitement, creativity,
    fun, and lessons on the journey. 

    Action Exercise:

    What life lessons have you learned from dogs? 

    At Resilient Minds we help our clients to develop a mindset of
    long-lasting resilience so they can perform at high levels on the
    really important things in both their work and personal lives. 

    Have a great week. 

    Jamie Ford

    “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a  
    puppy licking your face.”

    ––Ben Williams   

    www.resilientminds.co.nz
    Thought Leaders in Resilience, Productivity, and Wellbeing
    Jamie +64 21 772 079

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