Every New Years seems to bring about the same resolutions – lose weight, budget finances better, get your butt off the couch and make more friends, etc. But, I’m sure that by the start of the next new year, you’ve already kicked yourself in the butt several times because you haven’t followed through with your long list of resolutions.
This year, make it a different year! Let your best friend guide you along the way to a new you. Dogs make an impact on your life as it is, so why not let them impact your life a little more. With the love and support, they can teach us better behaviors and even offer a few wet kisses for some extra motivation.
So, how can your dog help you succeed this year’s resolutions? Well, considering some of the most common resolutions, it’s a lot easier than you think.
Losing weight is the most popular new years resolution and probably the most failed. Gyms over flow at the start of the new year. Crowds of people swarm the treadmills and retailers make bank off of the amount of workout gear they sell. But if you continue to go to the gym, you will notice that after about the 2nd week, the hordes of people tend to slow down.
So, how can you avoid the two week workout curse? Let your carpet be your motivation! By taking your dog for longer walks and more frequent walks, you will see your waistline shrink and fewer pee stains on your new carpets. Fido has to go out anyway, so why not take the opportunity to exercise you? Going the extra mile can give your body added benefits such as: lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, controling diabetes, releasing endorphins in the body which help fight depression and overall, it can make you a more heart healthy human.
Dogs are labeled “man’s best friend” for a reason. They’re friendly and outgoing creatures. Often they’ll run up to another dog they don’t know, or a complete stranger just to say hello. Take a cue from your pup and ditch your embarrassment of strangers. When your pup runs up to another dog, try striking up conversation with their owner. You might surprise yourself at just how easy it is to make a friend or two.
Ever heard of Karma? Well, she can be a mean one, but if you do right by others, she can be very generous back to you. Giving to those in need not only boosts moral of the ones you help, but it can also lift your self-esteem.
Dogs are constantly generous, especially when the give the gift of unconditional love. Even though they may get barking mad sometimes, they tend to get over their issues quickly. Relying heavily on your love, they never question you or judge you, but simply love you, for you! Letting your dog be your role model can bring out your compassionate side, and may even score you points with a few ladies.
While some of you are scratching your head at this one, it’s actually quite simple. Pups are minimalist, and sometimes so should we. They don’t ask for anything, but simple take what they get and what they need to survive. Start your new year by learning to scratch the extras, and you may be pleasantly surprised to find at the end of the year, you have a lot more in your bank account.
No need to waste your hard earned cash on a cleaning service when you have the motivation to clean all on your own. Just like babies, puppies have a teething stage. At this point, they’re like death to your shoes. Even though most of us would agree that the smell of feet is enough to kick the gag reflex into gear, puppies love it. The smell of your shoes reminds them of you.
With dogs being the compassionate animals they are, chewing on your shoes can be a comfort to them, as a way to get closer to you. However, it is hard to see a chewed up shoe as a love symbol. So, unless you want every pair of high heels to become Fido’s new chew toy, it’s important to puppy proof your home. Save your silettos by opting for a broom and some better organizational skills.
All of these resolutions can be fulfilled just by changing a few small details of your everyday life. Most of the time, resolutions are often failed because people start them off by going to the extreme. Setting unrealistic goals for you is like setting yourself up for failure. But, if you start off small, it’s possible to keep your goals and finish your resolutions.
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