In my garden playing ball with my dogs, always makes me happy, even if I’ve been having a terrible day. The dogs pull me right into the joy of the here and now, and away from too much thinking nonsense.
Walking with the dogs next to the river, and paddling along beside them in my wellies, makes me as happy as a little girl. Carefree and without concern for the future just for a while, I splash around among the beautiful reflections, forgetting the world of people. Here I’m soothed by nature, the best nurse of all.
Walking through familiar woodland paths with my happy squirrel chasing dogs, makes my heart bright and light. The colourful tumbling leaves of early autumn bring an extra dose of pleasure, as the year gently breathes out and lets go of another summer.
At the beach with the dogs and the restless salty sea, I am at my most playful. The grown up world of responsibilities and decisions seems far away, and I happily let it all go, dissolving into the beauty and joy of the moment.
With a flask of hot tea, and my gorgeous doggie friends, anything can be put right. If it’s sipped with a soft sea breeze in our hair, then the joy is doubled, and the whole world can find a way to sit happily in my head.
I think you might have noticed a theme emerging here. I’m at my happiest with my dogs at my side immersed in nature and all her joyful beauty. Time away from the busy demands of people, with the whisper of waves or leaves in my ear, and the soft pad of furry paws beside me, allows my happiness levels to rise and my stress levels to drop away. The world around us is full of wonderful healing gifts if only we take the time to notice and accept them….
Where are your happy places?
Kat also wrote about dog filled happiness in nature