A Tired Dog Is A Happy Dog

a tired dog is a happy dogI cannot tell you what time I went to sleep last night. I know it wasn’t that long after 8:00 P.M. and that when I did go to go bed I was not awake for very long before I was out cold. A tired dog is a happy dog – but does that apply to humans too?

A Tired Dog Is A Happy Dog

My day yesterday was crazy and to be honest I had actually slept in, and much later than I usually do. Like embarrassingly late and later than I want to admit to here.

However, it was a good thing that I did because yesterday was so busy and so frantic, read borderline chaotic, so that when it got to the end of the day, I had nothing left. Nada. Zero. Zip. Nothing.

The result was that I had an amazing night of sleep and I not only woke up this morning before my alarm, I woke up happy and ready to take on another crazy fun-filled day of what is my life, and I will more than likely collapse again tonight about the same time as last night.

But the past 48 hours or so got me thinking about something that I learned in dog training classes (actually human training classes as dogs don’t have problems, as it all comes down to human problems) several years ago and that is that a tired dog is a happy dog.

If your dog is bored, if your dog is not mentally stimulated, if your dog lacks an outlet for physical exercise to bleed off all of that dog energy… there are going to be problems.

However, if your dog gets all of that, he or she is going to be tired, and a because of that, a tired dog is a happy dog. (By the way, your dog getting all of that is your responsibility as their human. It’s in the contract, read it.)

Are we not any different? Really? If we do not get to expend energy, have our brains challenged and stimulated, and if we do not get to “play” – are we happy? Not really, or at least I do not believe that we are.

Now anyone who knows me knows that abhor the idea of being busy just to busy and I do not believe that being busy is the same as being productive… But when you are busy and productive, and you are not bored (which is truly the opposite of being happy) don’t you get a little more tired? Don’t you sleep better at nights? And overall, are you not happier?

Anyway, it is something to think about… A tired dog is a happy dog… and personally, I think our lives would work much better if we adopted more of a dog’s mentality and psychology… After all, they are masters of living in the present and truly are happiest with the simplest things in life.

A tired dog is a happy dog and I believe a tired human is a happy human just as well.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten – 1 September 2007 (Roxy… I miss her every day.)

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