Alan Cohen, author of Are You As Happy As Your Dog?, provides a blueprint for dog owners to adopt and create the same joyful, happy life a dog lives. Although this insightful, little book has been around since 1996, the lessons shared are invaluable 15 years later.
The inspiration for this, well inspirational book, was Cohen’s dog Munchie. As Cohen states in the introduction, Muchie lives in a state of continuous delight and discovery. Cohen decided to study Munchie and uncovered simple lessons for dog owners to instill in their lives. Instead of wasting time creating new resolutions for the impending year, implement the thirty-eight lessons listed in the book. The lessons are achievable and may be maintained each day throughout the New Year. Not only are they simple, the sensibility and inspiration of each can create a sense of calm, happiness and personal satisfaction each day of the year.
Five cleverly titled sections separately group the thirty-eight lessons:
Bark with the wind at your back: This section teaches humans how to love unconditionally, live in the present, seize opportunities, live honestly, accept yourself, go after what you want and stick to goals. Using Munchie’s behavior to highlight how to master each lesson provides a clear point of reference to transfer the lesson into a human perspective.
Keep Your Nose Cold: Physical conditions of the human body are covered in this section. Listening to your body, allowing proper time to heal when hurt or injured, time to relax, time to play, laugh, and cut loose on occasion contribute to a healthy body. Life isn’t to be lived stressed and tense.
Take The Paws That Refreshes: Relationships are important in dog’s and human’s lives; choose and cultivate them wisely, maintain boundaries, don’t be quick to commit, give and receive love freely.
Dig Where The Real Bones Are Buried: Live the life you are meant to live without pretense or need to follow the crowd. Overcommitting time, obligations or responsibilities will not create happiness, live simply. Keep the ego in check and don’t hold grudges, remain flexible and know your value, but also know the importance of compromise. Believe what you need to be happy is already available and there’s no need to move outside of who you are to find this happiness.
Get A New Leash On Life: Choose to live life big, you are the creator of life. Believe in yourself, allow yourself to dream, set goals, and expand your world and set out to make them happen. When a road block appears, change course, but never quit without giving it your all.
This short, inspirational book can lead the reader into a happy, content, fulfilling New Year. The simple wisdoms shared from reviewing the happy lives dogs live are basic and if adapted into human daily life, a future filled with happiness, where anxiety, stress, depression or despair are minimized if not eliminated.
Tattered Cover, The Bookworm, Boulder Book Store, and Heartfire Books of Evergreen are four independent bookstores in the Denver-Metro area carrying this must have book. To learn more about author Alan Cohen, visit, www.alancohen.com.
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