Sydney’s five pet choices for a happier life

Given the choice to lie on the hardwood floor or on the plush carpet, our dog Sydney will choose the carpet every time. And she’ll bring along her favorite toys, positioning them in a way that assures they’ll be there when she wakes up from her nap.

Sydney is making a choice to be happy and to surround herself with things that keep her that way. Our pets can teach us a lot about making the choice to be happy. Here are a few:

Sydney bday DQ

Be grateful. Bring Sydney her food and she’ll gallop for joy. Approach her to pet her and she’ll wag her tail. Give Sydney a DQ treat and she’ll be too busy to say thanks, but you’ll understand just how grateful she is.    .

Sydney be present in the moment

Be present in the moment. When she wants attention, Sydney sits perfectly still, looking up with her tail wagging. That moment is all that matters to her.

Sydney be forgiving

Be forgiving. Leave the house or accidentally step on her foot, Sydney doesn’t doesn’t hold a grudge. She forgets and stays focused on the positive.

Sydney be health conscious

Be health conscious. When it’s time to eat, Sydney eats. When it’s time to play, Sydney plays. And when it’s time to rest, Sydney rests.

Sydney lap dog

Be kind. More than anything, Sydney is happy to see you. She’ll jump on you, give you her paw, and generally just let you know that you matter.

The choices we make can lead to a happier life. It’s turning on some relaxing music in a traffic jam. It’s choosing to manage our time so that we have time to play. And it’s being open to the call God has for our life by making choices that honor Him.

In their book, “How we choose to be Happy”, Rick Foster and Greg Hicks write, “It’s the decision to consciously choose attitudes and behaviors that lead to happiness over unhappiness. We may not be able to choose our circumstances or the events around us, but we do have the power to choose our reactions.”

So choose wisely and be happy.


  One thought on “Sydney’s five pet choices for a happier life

  1. John Ruggieri
    February 2, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    This story reminds me about your example of making the choice to tell yourself “It’s For God” when that stranger that you let go at the red light does not wave or acknowledge you. Our choices to love make all the difference to our mood and out point of view 🙂

  2. February 2, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    It’s so true, John. Your family is a great example of making the choice to be positive and to do good. Thanks so much for your comment.

  3. larryorlando2013
    February 4, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Mary, you and Sydney are exemplars of the same philosophy. Do your cheeks hurt from smiling so much each day?

  4. February 4, 2014 at 3:56 am

    ….We do get along! …haha..And no they don’t, but Sydney’s might!

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