This afternoon when I was walking Franklin, my crazy one-year old doodle, it started raining. Sprinkles turned into a full on downpour, and we were running!
When we got inside, Franklin was so excited he was running around the apartment with a huge smile on his face which got me thinking: What makes Franklin happy?
How simple it is. I thought to myself. I mentally made a list of the things he enjoys: spending time with loved ones, food, water, exercise, playtime, affirmations, and snuggles!
This list made me think, anytime our furry friends lack or overdo one or more of these things, they’re not afraid to let us know. They begin partaking in attention seeking behaviors or act plainly out of character.
This then led me to think about the things that bring us as humans happiness. How simple it is: spending time with loved ones, food, water, exercise, playtime, affirmations, and snuggles!
Time for a mental check-in. Are You Getting What You Need?
1. Quality Time With Loved Ones
When’s the last time you spent time with someone you love? Or the last time you spoke to a loved one on the phone? If you can’t remember, or it feels like it’s been too long, it probably has been. Pick up the phone!
2. Food & Water
Are you over or under consuming? Why is this? Spend some time reflecting on your dietary habits lately and how they’ve been affecting your mood and energy levels. Based on your answer, is it time to switch up your habits and hit the reset button?
3. Exercise & Playtime
We were made to move and have fun! If you don’t do this already, aim to do one thing a day that gets your blood flowing and or brings out your creative energy / inner child. Whatever that looks like for you, whether that’s taking a long walk, reading a fiction book, or blowing bubbles, it all counts!
Being recognized feels good. If you’re feeling like you’re lacking external affirmations, it’s time to make a list of the things you’re proud of yourself for. It could be finishing out a tough day at work, finally paying that bill you’ve been putting off, or even for getting your laundry done. Nothing is too small.
When all else fails, sometimes we just need a hug. ❤️
Thank you for reading!