We Could Learn A lot From Dogs

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

By Nancy Stoops

Have you ever noticed how dogs just take the time to really enjoy everything they do? Dogs never seem to be in any sort of a hurry and are content just being with us. I have also noticed dogs just love us unconditionally and their sense of loyalty is miraculous.

I think we could learn a lot from these wonderful beings. We need to learn to appreciate our time here and to enjoy each and everyday. We need to slow down and take time to literally smell the roses and all the other wonderful scents our world offers us. We need to forgive when others disappoint us and not hold grudges. We need to be able to give ourselves to others and trust that they will take care of us. I think being loyal is such an admirable trait and I wish I’d see it more in this world. Have you ever watched the endless joy and comfort we give to our dogs when we slow down and just spend time petting them? We think we are comforting them but in reality we are comforting each other. In one of my groups, a gentleman told me he pets his dog when he gets angry and that seems to really calm him down and make him feel better. I personally think it’s their way of trying to take care of us, while getting loved as well.

I live with an amazing dog named Midnight. He has taught me naps, being out in nature, being silly, loving unconditionally, cuddling and smelling each and every flower is a necessity. His lessons have been very healing for me but never any more than Midnight himself. He is a constant reminder of how I am supposed to live a wonderful life!!!!!!!!!!

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T. Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members. Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger. For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909) 229-0727. You may e-mail Nancy at nancyjstoops@verizon.net. You may purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow (A common sense guide to life) and Midnight the Therapy Dog at Amazon.com.