3 Signs You Need a Dog in Your Life

3 Signs You Need a Dog in Your LifeDogs make life brighter, but you need to be willing and able to adopt before committing to it. Here’s how to know it’s time to purchase a pooch.

Dogs occupy a huge part of our cultural consciousness, and we’re not complaining.

There are a plethora of Instagram and Twitter accounts dedicated to them and an entire DoggoLingo language used to make heartwarming hound-centered memes.

It follows that getting your own pup crossed your mind at some point. If you’re feeling the itch, assess whether you’re showing these tell-tale signs you need a dog in your life.

As you might know, I’m a bestselling author and happiness researcher.

I wrote a book called Happy Habits.

In my research, I learned that there’s something researchers call “Adorableness Therapy.” This therapeutic concept means: When you spend time with cute doggie, you wind up boosting your happiness levels. So, getting a dog can help to improve your mood!

3 Signs You Need a Dog in Your Life

The following are signs you need to get a dog – no doubt about it!

1. You Can’t Get Canines Off Your Mind

The first sign you need a dog is simple: Dogs come to your mind all the time.

  • You like more and more dog picture accounts every day and aimlessly scroll through the local shelter’s site “just looking.”
  • You are quicker at finding ultimate dog mom gifts for others and even buy a few personal ones for the heck of it.
  • You gush over your friends’ dogs the entire time you see them.

You get the picture—the heart wants what it wants, and a dog is a good thing to reward it with.

2. You’re Lonely With Time on Your Hands

As we navigate a pandemic, thousands of people turn to getting a dog to occupy their time. This is one of the rare benefits of this sad, crazy time. If you’re distancing from people with few companions nearby, a dog provides a welcome reprieve. Just make sure you’re thinking five years into the future—you’ll need time to care for them long after our current national situation changes. Adopt a forever friend rather than a pandemic pet.

3. Your New Year’s Resolutions To Exercise Is Failing

Our last sign you need a dog in your life: You need the exercise a dog makes possible. Exercising with someone is the ultimate health motivator and many dogs are more than ready to join you for walks, runs, and other activities. Get into a routine, and they’ll even remind you it’s time to go outside. Afterward, cuddling up on the couch together is that much sweeter.

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