The cheer of the holiday season. Fresh cookies hot out of the oven. Family dinners teeming with love. The many warm memories that come to mind when you think of the holiday time. Memories made with the ones we love, those are the things that come to mind. Now flip on the T.V. and what do you see? Commercials and ads a plenty. Specials and spending galore. Buy this. Give this. Want this. Need this! The magic of holidays memories past start to quickly fade. The smile turns to panic as we wrestle with what to buy. The perfect gift is surely out there... maybe down aisle 5?
The decision to get a pet usually stems from a desire to have a companion at home. Spending quality time with pets, specifically dogs, provides more than just companionship, however. These furry friends can give you a clean bill of health. Most dog owners believe their beloved four-legged canines make their lives better, and according to science, there are many way they can indeed increase your longevity.
Our world is filled with communication and distraction. We have become a culture of 6 second videos and one minute sound bytes. We are being trained to react to the newest, loudest, catchiest thing. As a result one of our most valuable relationship skills is suffering.Listening is a skill that takes time to master. And once mastered needs to be done repeatedly in the present mind.