What Animals Teach us about Happiness

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

 

I’m an animal lover. I work with animals at a shelter, volunteer my time, rescue and foster. Working with animals has taught me so much about life, compassion, happiness and simply how to live my life to the fullest. I’m proud to say that they are my inspiration.

Over the years, I have met many different cats and dogs (other animals too!. Some from very different backgrounds-

Some abused, some sick, some abandoned, some with special needs, some who have never met a human before, Etc

These guys have taught me many things, but what they really taught me was- To be grateful and happy for everything I have. 

These animals have nothing, they’ve been abandoned, abused, but yet they will still perk up when you pet them. They get exited as soon as you open the cage door and they’re ready for love. It amazes me that some pets, who have had it rough, will still come around to trust you. They are all amazing and individually unique.

I’ve seen cats who were once scared and huddled in the back of the cage and completely scared of people and the world, soon come out to be total love bugs.

 

Here are several things that animals teach us on a regular basis- 
1. Be grateful for what you have everyday-
Like I’ve mentioned earlier in this post, that there are so many animals out there who have nothing but still end up happy and have lots of love left in side their hearts.
2. Unconditioned love-
Animals always show us unconditional love regardless of our past, our mistakes, the job we have, the choices we make, etc. As long as we show them love, they will always show it back.
3. Live in the moment every chance you get-
It’s fascinating how animals really have no sense of time. They are always living in the moment, always mindful. We constantly have things on our minds. When our furry friends are happy and spending time with us, they genuinely are with us in the moment. This is something that we need to learn to appreciate and do on a regular basis.
4. Let go of your mistakes-
Because our animal friends always are in the moment, they don’t think much of there own past mistakes and our past mistakes. This is important for us to do to live a happy life. Letting go can be so hard but so crucial.
5. Stay loyal to yourself and others-
Our dogs and cats would never want to leave us and they don’t want to be abandoned as well. If we where as loyal to ourselves and to other people as animals are, we would live a happier life.

 

I realized that even though that I have the ability to be happy as well, even though I’ve had it rough, just like them. I’ve become so much more grateful than I used to be, so much more nurturing. They are my biggest inspiration. I feel as if it’s a privilege to be able to rescue and help animals, a privilege I’m grateful for.

Love, Rosie

 

5 comments
  1. So true–animals are such a beautiful part of our lives that remind us to enjoy the moment!

  2. Hi Rosie,
    Thank you for sharing those thoughts, I feel like it’s a reminder that we should pin above our desks, or somewhere in the house. I don’t know if that’s related to their behavior or not, but I have the feeling that we are more happy when around animals (is it because we learn from them? or feel their vibes? mmhhh)..
    anyway, I adopted my cat from an association that rescues abandoned cats, and yes, it is so impressive to see how they can adapt to anything, and live a happy life.

  3. So true! We have so much to learn from animals.

  4. You are doing a great job …Keep it up..
    🐕 All I can say is “The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.” ― Alice Walker. Hence, we are spreading positivity in world through our blog http://www.escapewriters.com.

  5. Nice post. Like your great mission and the simple yet beautiful blog layout

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