My Outlook

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Think Happy, Be Happy.

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My Dog Makes People Happy, Really.

It’s been months since our beloved Angel passed away and we made the difficult decision to add another family member to our already crowded home of little monsters. After careful research of the breed and weighing all the pros and cons, we decided to add another boy to the brood.

Meet our new Siberian Husky, Miles Jacob.

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He has adapted to the tugs, pulls, pokes and the hands-on personalities of my little ones quite well. He is definitely a family dog as he enjoys spending time with ALL of the family members although the only alpha [fe]male in his life would be moi.

It wasn’t until Miles, that I realized that dogs truly make people happy. Let me clarify that statement a bit more. Previously, I was a bit of a skeptic about people absolutely needing a dog in their life to function. I still am a skeptic as I’ve seen people first hand try and work the system and claim that they need an emotional support animal, knowing that they are NOT in definite need. I’d like to simply leave that whole topic alone because that’s not where this post was heading.

What I noticed with Miles, and I’m not sure if it has anything to do with him being a husky, is that he gets a LOT of attention. With that attention comes strangers wanting to chat with us about him, wanting to take photos of and with him, and wanting to share their life stories about their own huskies or dog. True story. While we don’t mind all the attention he gets, what stands out the most is the way he can simply change someone’s demeanor from “leave me alone” to “oh my goodness you are adorable” while they smile from ear to ear.

I am the type of person that believes that a little bit of happiness can go a long way. By Miles’ fun loving personality making people smile, it in turn warms our hearts to know that he has created a brief moment of happiness for others as well.

Now here goes my shameless plug to follow him on Instagram just because he is adorable. @iheartmiles

The Science of Happiness

100 Ways to HappinessIn addition to being a mother, I would have to say that I’m almost a workaholic. From taking care of the kiddos to working my two jobs, then doing little things here I am constantly going going going. Moments of solace do not present themselves often, but when they do I  like to read books such as 100 Ways to Happiness. Books like these are short, compact and easy reads that make reading much more doable for those who don’t have much time to spare. This book is one that provides some wonderful (and I don’t use that word often and mean it) advice on ways to happy habits, a happy body and a happy life just to name a few.

Some of my favorites topics:

– Reduce the “shoulds”
– Look at your upbringing objectively
– Spend time with positive people
– Plant optimistic thoughts

The entire book is worth reading, but those are just a few topics that you know you should take into consideration, but don’t truly do it until someone else reiterates their importance. While I may not have the opportunity to start a novel, I feel somewhat happy to know that I’m taking a few minutes here and there out of my day to read books that will hopefully provide me with the mental tools I will need to live a more happier and healthier life. If you haven’t read it already, definitely check it out.