7 Life Lessons to Learn From Pets

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There's a lot to be learned from your pets.

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When you bring a pet home, they become a part of the family. Without using words, their cute habits and behaviors teach valuable life lessons. Pets light up our lives with unconditional love and loyalty. Consider these lessons to learn from pets and cherish the wisdom from beloved furry friends.

Stretch in the Morning

Cats do it. Dogs do it. But, sometimes we forget the importance of stretching! According to Harvard Health, stretching each day helps keep muscles strong and improves mobility in the joints. It also prevents stiffness and injury. Follow your pets’ lead, with cat-cow and downward facing dog stretches, like this yoga series from Tummee

Get your morning stretches in.

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Check in With Your Friends

Dogs are naturally loyal. That’s because dogs evolved from wolves, according to the nonprofit organization Found Animals. They are social animals that prefer company and see their humans as another member of the pack. Just like dogs, humans benefit from connection and strong relationships. So remember to stand by your friends by checking in often. Even a short phone call to let someone know you care can make someone’s day!

Be a social animal.

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Take Naps

A little cat nap in the middle of the day does wonders to feel rejuvenated and energized. Hectic schedules often get in the way of a much-needed break. Don’t forget to take naps! The Mayo Clinic suggests that a midday nap can help you feel relaxed and alert, as long as you keep it short, between ten to twenty minute

Cat naps are good for you.

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Follow Your Instincts

Animals rely on their instincts. They pay attention to changes by tuning into their senses and trusting their gut. For example, animals can sense possible danger and are known to act strangely before a natural disaster, like an earthquake. According to The Dodo, some dogs can detect cancer, even at its earliest stages, with a more than 90 percent accuracy rate. Following your gut can help guide you through life so remember to pay attention to your senses.

Pay attention to your gut.

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Don’t Forget to Groom!

Cats spend almost half of the day grooming, according to The Spruce. Grooming does more than keep them clean and looking good. It also helps them bond with their kittens (and their humans) as well as to feel relaxed. Everyday Health stresses that self-care practices promote wellbeing and help relieve stress. For these benefits, incorporate self-care rituals into your routine, like taking a warm bath, getting pampered at a spa, indulging in a face mask, or getting a massage.

Practice self-care.

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Run and Play Daily

Pets love to play. Dogs enjoy  jumping in the mud, chasing after balls, splashing, and running through fields. As people get older, they often forget to make time for play. Adults need recess, too! According to the European Journal of Humour Research, playtime helps relieve stress and improves overall wellbeing. So don’t forget to let loose every now and then and do something just for the sake of having fun!

Take time to have fun and enjoy life.

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Pay Attention to Feelings

Have you ever noticed how your pets seem to know when you need a little extra comfort and attention? That’s because dogs evolved with humans and have become emotionally bonded with people. According to National Geographic, dogs can read the facial expressions and body language of humans. Therapists even use animal-assisted therapies to heal patients. undefined published in Nursing Open also points out that equine therapy with horses may improve self‐esteem and confidence as well as ease trauma. Learn from animals and remember to pay attention to how others feel. A comforting word or a hug can go a long way in helping others.

Be empathetic.

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