6 Things Pets Teach Us About Relationships
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A recent study about the way our pets impact our lives revealed that people who own a furry (or scaly) little friend tend to be more physically fit, have higher self-esteem and tend to be less lonely. While our cats and dogs can't talk, their unconditional love for us, can not just improve our lives, but also inspire us to become better partners to our fellow humans. Read on to learn how.
Always Say Hello And Goodbye2 of 7
Ever head off to work without saying goodbye to your partner? A dog wouldn't let you get away with that. While it may seem trivial, simply acknowledging your partner and wishing him well goes a long way.
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Many of us wish for a low-maintenance partner, but no matter how down-to-earth someone is when you first meet him, he typically ends up requiring more work and attention from you than you want to give. Would you skip cleaning your fish tank for a couple of weeks just because you're busy with taxes?
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Everyone's Different4 of 7
In the same way that no two cats are alike, no two brooding artists or playful jocks are alike either. Some cats like to drape themselves over your keyboard, and some spend half the day hiding under the bed. Although it may be tempting to make assumptions about your man based upon certain personality traits he shares with your exes or yourself, you should give your partner the benefit of the doubt.
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Always Forgive5 of 7
Ever yell at your puppy for having an accident on your new carpet? We sure have, but we inevitably cuddle with them immediately afterward, unable to remain angry.
Not Everyone Will Like Your Partner6 of 7
Some people love cats; some think tarantulas make great pets. Similarly, not everyone (not even your closest friends!) will think that your partner's a great guy. Listen to their reasons for not liking him — but remember, it's up to you to decide who to love.
A Small Touch Can Go A Long Way7 of 7
Research shows that just touching or hugging can release feel-good hormone oxytocin. So go ahead and pet your man and man's best friend. It'll do everyone some good.