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Improving Your Mood Without Therapy - Through the Eyes of Your Pet

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 6, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Therapy, Psychotherapy, Behavioral Health, CounselingThere are days when you just can't win. You're down on yourself, convinced that the world is out to get you and that you're never going to be able to do anything right. You've been struggling to get on top for so long that you don't even recognize where the "top" is anymore, and you're starting to think that you're never going to get there.

The solution may be closer than you think, wagging its tail right in front of you.

You could get expensive therapy to help realign your thinking, refocus on your goals, and learn to love yourself again...or you could try the suggestions offered by Lindsay Holmes. According to her article in The Huffington Post, the key to happiness is learning to see yourself the way your pet sees you. Yes, that's right! The dog who runs to the door to greet you whenever you get home even if you've only been gone a few minutes; the cat who curls up in your lap every time you sit down; the parrot who always squawks a greeting . . . it is these experiences that Holmes wants you to use to improve your perspective on yourself.

It makes sense. There are days when everything goes wrong at once and you start to feel as though you're absolutely worthless. Maybe your boss has been lecturing you at work, your kid has been yelling that they hate you, and you've got a deadline looming for a project that you aren't sure you can complete --but you know what? Your pet doesn't care --they love you just the way you are, with an unconditional kindness that most people don't offer themselves.

Try looking at yourself through your pet's eyes for a change. You may be surprised by the shift that it makes in your mood and in your day --and hey, if nothing else, you know there's one creature in the world who adores you no matter what.

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