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What Your Dog Can Teach You About Being a Better Person

Let’s face it; everyone loves the family dog – sometimes even more than their actual family. With the amount of love we have for our dogs, not to mention the amount of money we spend on them, you’d think we’d try to learn something from them.What your dog can teach you

They certainly make our lives happier, but can we actually learn something from them? Well, of course we can. Here are a few things your dog can teach you about being a better person. Listen up, your dog is actually doing more for you than you think.

Show some loyalty

Just like every dog has loyalty to its owner, we should also practice this fine trait in our everyday lives. Whether it’s towards your family, friends, or customers, let them know what their relationship means to you and why it’s so important.

Make it a point to follow through with your family and friends when you commit to something. Practice a little loyalty in your everyday life and you’ll be surprised at the amount of respect you’ll start to get from those closest to you.

Chill out

Dogs are awesome at chilling out. People, not so much. Dogs can sit around and chill all day and not have a care in the world. People get riled up about the stupidest things.

Take a mental picture of your dog chilling sometime and remember that when you’re about to get pissed off about something meaningless – side note, most things we get pissed off about are meaningless.

Just chill out and take a deep breath. Granted your dog’s life is a little less stressful, but it doesn’t mean we can’t take his chilling out ability and practice it in our own life.

Don’t discriminate

Dogs don’t discriminate against anyone – at least most dogs. They love to get their belly rubbed from anyone regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. They can make anyone their best friend. They are equal opportunity all the way.

Discrimination will get us nowhere in life. Be open and accept people for who they are in this world. Your life will be more rewarding and your dog will respect you even more – I swear.

Just behave

Dogs know what they get when they behave well – belly rubs and treats. Eventually though, they learn to behave because that’s what makes their owner happy.

Humans on the other hand do stupid things and misbehave all the time. Why is that? I’m not really sure, but I know I’ve made plenty of bad decisions in my life.

However, once I started rewarding myself for doing things – making the right decisions – I began to develop a different mindset. Before making decisions that have consequences, take a step back and determine how that behavior might affect you and others in your life.

Taking 30 seconds to really consider the best choice can have an amazing impact. Your dog can be taught this, so I have confidence you can do the same thing.

Let Loose

Your dog has no problem letting loose every once in a while – or all the time – but we always seem to be too afraid because of what we believe others will think of us. Well, guess what…WHO CARES?

Have fun and step out of your shell every once in a while. Look at your dog; he doesn’t care what other people think of him. He’ll run around like crazy without a care in the world.

And guess what? You should as well sometimes. Have fun and stop caring what other people think of you every once in a while. You’ll be surprised at how much other people will appreciate it. Oh, and tell your dog thanks for showing you the way.

This is a post from Clint Haynes, a Certified Financial Planner®® in Lee’s Summit, MO. He is also founder and owner of NextGen Wealth. You can learn more about Clint at the website NextGen Wealth.

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