Did I tell you our new home is next to the beach? We already went to the beach a lot, but now we go there all the time. I love it!
I hear humans wishing each other a happy new year. Well, I’d like to wish you the same, but I would like to add something to it. Because, you see, humans tend to overdo things. Especially when it comes to their idea of ‘happiness’. They seem to think that happiness is something huge. They think they have to work hard for it to achieve it, that they can only be happy when they have lots of money and/or time.
A lot of humans are very busy with this pursuit of happiness. The sad thing is: they will never get it, not that way. Because happiness is not something huge to strive and work hard for. It is the opposite: it is very small. If you search for it you will never find it, because it is not to be found. It is already there, everywhere around you! You just have to look in the right places to find it, or more accurate: you have to feel it.
Just think about it: what has made you very happy in the past? I bet it was something small. Like a tasty dinner with a good friend. A walk in the park with the sun warming you. A hug from a relative you hadn’t seen for a while. Something you did with other humans, like laughing or singing or playing a game. Those things make you feel happy, right? They are not huge, they do not cost much and they can be enjoyed anytime, whether you are rich or poor, healthy or ill.
This is my top 3 of most happy things:
- Yummy food.
- Snoozing in the sun, after a nice long walk.
- Having a big or small adventure with M and P.
What is your top 3? Think about it and do it more, in 2016! Then you will truly have a happy new year.
Sometimes I really do not understand humans. For instance: they seem to sort their priorities in the wrong way. I thought priorities were the same for humans, dogs and all other animals alike:
The first two are straightforward, you can direct all your energy to obtain those two. When you have them, you can go to number 3: happiness. I think happiness is the same for humans and dogs, too: being healthy, feeling energetic, being with the ones you love, enjoying the warmth of the sun, being outdoors, feeling connected. We all like that, it makes us happy.
So why is it that humans do so many other things, stuff they do not really like, when they already fulfilled the three top priorities? Take M and P. We have a nice and warm house and food every day. They look happy to me, most of the time. Of course, one has to invest in keeping food, shelter and happiness, so that takes some time. However, they spend lots of time on things that do not contribute to obtaining food, shelter or happiness. They sit behind these luminous devices for hours and hours every day and talk into these black boxes. They fuss about catching the train to get to their appointments on time. All these things have nothing to do with obtaining food, shelter or happiness. So why do they do it?
It would be so much better for them if they would take me as an example. We could have a big breakfast, go out together (the three of us) and when we are back home again we could sleep in the sun. When we wake up, we have some snacks, another nice walk and play and then we can snooze again. That would be nice!
M tells me sometimes there are conflicting priorities and you have to sort them out. I understand that, we dogs have this too. For instance when we are out fetching balls and another dog wants to play with us. Like this:
Then we decide what to do: continue to gnaw on the ball, or play with the other dog. We take this decision in a nanosecond. We dogs are very good at quickly sorting our priorities, getting them right. I think humans can learn a lot from us.