I am a lucky dog. You know why? I made a list of all the things that make me so lucky:
I could have been a poor and skinny stray dog in Greece, but I became a wealthy city dog. Because some loving humans organized for me and my friends to come to Holland and they got us adopted. This is me, 5 months old and new in Holland. Cute, hey? No wonder M and P adopted me on the spot!
I get lots of yummy food, sometimes really fancy stuff:
I have nice soft warm beds on every floor in our house:
We have this as our backyard:
And this (when you take the other turn):
I do all sorts of fun stuff. Like (when M isn’t looking) fooling around with little dogs. I like to surprise them, so they start running and I can chase them! They are always very impressed by my approach.
I have exiting Adventures with my humans, M and P. We travel!
I have loads of friends:
On top of all that, I have my own blog! Which you are reading now. Thank you for that!
I wonder: what makes you happy? Can you tell me?
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.
I notice there are a lot of blogs, books and videos on how to have a happy healthy life. Apparently humans need some help here. As a dog, I naturally know how to be happy and healthy. I am willing to share some of my insights with you. This is beneficial for me and all canines, because it is much more fun to be around happy healthy humans. Happy humans give us cookies.
So this post is about happy healthy living. I am going to write it just the way these lifestyle-food-fitness blogs do it! I will call it the Bubbles Guide to Happy Healthy Living and this post is part one, the prologue. Since humans obviously like to consume advice in chunky bits, with tips & tricks and three-week-working-schedules, I will try to write this in the same way. Maybe I will even add an listicle on the ‘Five Habits of Highly Happy Humans & Canines’. All right, maybe not. Let’s not overdo it.
Leading a Bubbles Happy Healthy Lifestyle means living naturally, in sync with what humans and canines (and in fact all animals) are programmed for. We are not made to be indoors all the time, looking at these luminous devices, or driving around in cars. We are made to move, to be outdoors, to connect with others, to smell the day.
When you get more in sync with what you are naturally made for, you will become happy and healthy. And, very important to a lot of humans: you will get a beautifully trained, fit and muscular body. Just like me!
In following posts I will focus on the key parts of the Bubbles Happy Healthy Lifestyle: food, exercise, rest and mindset. Stay tuned!