5 Tips for a Happy Life from Man’s Best Friend


5 Tips for a Happy Life from Man's Best Friend - Ann Again and again Reviews

Ask anyone what their goal is in life and their answer will probably be, “To be happy.” If our dogs could talk, they would share five reasons we can improve our happiness through their example. Here is a brief summary of what they would say. 5 Tips for a Happy Life from Man’s Best Friend:

  1. “You can count on me.”

When we ask pet owners what they admire most about their dog, loyalty is usually first on the list.  Loyalty is the confidence that you can count on others to be true to you and do the right thing even if it is difficult and even if you are not present.  Dogs are loyal to their pack and display amazing loyalty to their owners.  So Tip # 1 on the list of things we can do to increase our own happiness is to ensure we are loyal so we strengthen our relationships with others.

  • “Tell me your problems.”

Dogs are among the best listeners ever! You can spend hours talking to your dog and he or she will hang on every word. This is not usually the case for our friends, associates, or even family members.  Tip # 2 then, is to take time to listen to others and make sure you understand what they have to say before you share your point of view.

  1. “Let’s play!”

One of the best things about dogs is their curiosity and desire to play. Tip # 3- step outside of your daily routine, take the dog out for a walk, and pledge to have at least one experience a week that is just plain ‘fun’.

  1. “I forgive you.”

Even if you come home late, skip a walk, run out of their favorite treat, or accidently step on their tail, your dog will not hold a grudge against you. Humans, on the other hand, can hold on to real or imagined insults forever! All this does is create stress and keep us from moving on with our lives.  Tip # 4 – let go of bitterness and resentment toward yourself or others.

  1. “I love you no matter what.”

Our work environment and educational system are based on the carrot and stick; “do this for me and I’ll give you that.” Unfortunately, this approach often carries over to our relationships and we begin to place conditions on our affections with others.  Dogs love you whether you are young, old, rich, poor, fat, skinny, covered with hair or bald as they come.  Tip # 5 – love with an open heart and expect nothing from others in return for giving yours.


Shared with permission.  Garry McDaniel and Sharon Massen speak nationally on what individuals and organizations can learn from dogs about leadership, team building, and customer service. Their book is “The Dog’s Guide to Your Happiness: Seven Secrets for a Better Life from Man’s Best Friend.”


Garry McDaniel is an award-winning professor teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in business management. McDaniel has written books on leadership strategy, conflict management, and is a frequent speaker in the United States and internationally on topics such as leadership development, employee engagement, personal and organizational change, life balance, and what humans and businesses can learn from dogs to improve their lives. He is currently available to discuss personal life coaching, training, or speaking engagements.

My Blog Forward Challenge – Won't You Join Me?

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The Blog Forward Challenge - Ann Again and again Reviews

The Blog Forward Challenge - Ann Again and again Reviews

Now that I’ve finally become used to writing the year 2014 (instead of 2013)  I’m ready to accept that it’s a new day and with that I am setting goals for myself to accomplish in this new year.  I’m participating in The Blog Forward Challenge and this is just the encouragement I need to start off on the right foot.  My first set of goals are as follows:

  1. Be more active to help my body slow down this “lovely” effect of peri-menopause midsection weight gain.  When I’m physically active I’m also a lot happier in my day, so it’s a great natural mood elevator.
  2. Paint the living room.  I have been wanting our little living room painted for years and I feel this is the year to get it done.
  3. Learn how to play a song on the piano that is in our little living room that will be newly painted.


I’m exciting about choosing a color for our living room and our girls are old enough to grab some paint brushes and help.  With regard to the piano I’ve picked out a dvd that’s going to help guide my fingers to the correct keys.  And along with my exercise I’m getting some tasty help from sponsors of The Blog Forward Challenge – ZonePerfect bars.  These bars should help me feel fuller longer and also take care of my occasional desire for something sweet.

In the past I have been so good with my physical activity.  I had a set time that was my exercise time.  I workout at home and even if family was home, they knew that I needed my space at 10 am.  No excuses.  That hasn’t been the case lately. I’m not really sure what’s happened to my energy level but I’ve got to get back on track.  Let’s see if this helps me:

*Letter to my future self*


Dear Ann of the Future,


Hey, how’s it going?  I am so proud of you for getting back to your exercise routine.  Remember how you were always tired?  Remember how you couldn’t find anything flattering to wear in your closet for mom’s special birthday party?  I bet every dress would look perfect on you now!  And I’m sure you’re a lot happier too.  Don’t let us fall back in a slump again.  Keep up the good work!


Love you!!!


Are you like me?  Have you lost your motivation?  Well, if you are, how about we start getting ourselves back on track together.   Here are some tips that will get us on our way:

Blog Forward Nutrition Tips


I’ll let you know how I’m doing with my challenge in about a month – maybe month and a half.  Why don’t you start this with me? Let me know if you do! :->


(*Disclosure:  Although I have entered this program and received complimentary product and ZonePerfect promotional items, I am free to comment about ZonePerfect in a positive, neutral or negative fashion.   I’ll be honest!)