Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


3 Things My Puppy Taught Me About Happiness.

June 23rd, 2016

Episode 295 of 540 episodes

Tomorrow is our puppy Barnaby’s first birthday! But tomorrow we’ll be driving my daughter to summer camp in Maine, so we’re celebrating today. (Quick question: When is a puppy no longer a “puppy?” When he’s a year old?) As I wrote about here, and talked about on the podcast in episodes 24 and 27, I really debated about whether to get a dog. My daughters desperately wanted a dog, my husband was game, but I wasn’t sure. In the end, I decided to follow my own advice, and to “Choose the bigger life.” And I’m so happy I did! Barnaby makes us very happy. I’ve thought about three things, in particular, that Barnaby taught me — or more accurately, highlighted the truth of — since he joined our family. 1.Give warm greetings and farewells. In my book Happier at Home, I talk about why I resolved to give people in my family a warm hello and good-bye, every time they came and went from our apartment. I was surprised by how much this small change boosted our sense of love and attentiveness. But if I ever forget the wisdom of this effort, boy, Barnaby reminds me. Dogs are so happy to see you ... The post 3 Things My Puppy Taught Me About Happiness. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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