What is the secret to happiness, Hemi asks Mishu

What is the secret to happiness, Hemi asks Mishu

Dear Hemi: To be happy, focus on the basics — friends or family, nature, and your passions (mmm… squirrels). What to avoid if you want to be happy? Anything I wouldn’t be interested in (hint: dogs are not interested in money, fame or comparing ourselves to others)  #dearmishu #wwmishudo

The Inside Story

Have you ever noticed that dogs seem to always be happy? And that the smallest things make them happy – such as you standing up, calling their name, or spending a minute or two playing with them? Dogs are happy, and dogs make us happy (and healthy!)

Mishu can be lying around half-sleeping and looking bored, or actually sleeping, and the minute something happens she’s up and wagging her tail, happy to do it.

Wouldn’t it be great to be like that?

Of course people are a lot more complicated than dogs. There’s a whole industry devoted to teaching people how to be happy or exploring what makes someone happy. Generally, it seems like the more we think and worry about being happy, the less happy we are. But we CAN learn a few things about happiness by observing dogs.

What do dogs seem to value most?
– Spending time with their people
– Going outside and taking a walk or hike
– Pursuing whatever gets them excited (in Mishu’s case, that’s squirrels).

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What NOT to Do If You’re Looking for Happiness

Just think about the things that people spend an incredible amount of energy on, and dogs never think twice about:

  • Trying to get more money
  • Looking for prestige or fame
  • Buying new shiny objects to compete with friends

Yep. It’s pretty simple.

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And that leads to stress and anxiety.  On the other hand, when we focus on the basics – on friends or family, nature, and our passions – we’re more likely to find happiness. Maybe not all of the simple happiness of a dog, but perhaps some of it.

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  1. Mishu and allother dogs have it figured out. The secret to happiness is being happy with whatever little one has!

  2. I’ve always said that my dogs have been some of my greatest teachers. It’s true, we really can learn a lot from them, not the least of which is how to enjoy life and be happy. More money is a big goal of mine currently because we’re saving to buy a house. Being able to move out of the city is going to make me insanely happy, so I think that sometimes money can be important, a means to an end. But even then, it’s important to try to enjoy the journey. My dogs get me out of the house, away from the computer screen, so I can enjoy life now while I work hard towards a happier future.

  3. Hindy Pearson - August 23, 2017 reply

    Mishu, you are very wise I see why so many people line up to ask you questions. There are many valuable lessons we should turn to our dogs to learn, and that definitely includes living in the moment, being grateful for the company and love of family and just going with the flow.

  4. Dogs really do have a great outlook on life and there is SO much we can learn from them. Don’t sweat the small stuff, find happiness in the simple things in life, spend more time in nature. It really is that simple when you break it down to the basics.

  5. I so agree, Mishu! The basics, which are extraordinary in my book, are what brings me happiness every day! We learn so much from our dogs. They truly know the secret to happiness, even when faced with issues that could sideline us humans. I learned so much from my Epi-dog, Gibson. I like to think I embrace life just as he did, and my other Huskies do, each and every day.

  6. heatherwallace - August 23, 2017 reply

    Mishu is the wisest of dogs. They don’t think about being happy, they live in the moment. We could all learn from this.

  7. Mishu I love your story and your advice!! I love how we can boil down aspects of life according to our dogs’ yardstick, which is a very sane and solid measure. Thank you.

  8. My Bailey would totally agree that squirrels can make you very happy! 😀 On a serious note, I have always felt so inspired by my dogs’ mindfulness and can honestly say that they have made me a much happier human; not just because of their presence (which plays a huge part indeed!) but also because they have taught me a lesson in the importance of small things and unconditional love. <3

  9. The secret to happiness is a pond full of frogs. At least according to Cookie 😉

  10. We could learn a lot from our dogs and cats about being happy. I wish I didn’t care so much about what other people think, but I do, and I usually get hurt.

  11. Best advice ever! Explore, adventure, love, repeat. You are so intelligent Mishu!

  12. Mishu, your advice brings me happiness! Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

  13. Great advice! Buffy even seems to wag her tail in her sleep! She’s such a happy little dog. She even won a tail wagging contest. Everything makes her happy – I just need to be more like her!

  14. Our cats teach me that food and good health matters more than riches.

  15. I think the secret to happiness evolves out of love… love of self, love of others, love of our pets/family…love of our passions and love of life! Gratitude, humility, respect and laugher…combined together…happiness. Money doesn’t bring happiness. I think our pets definitely figure out this riddle faster than we can.

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