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Pets are therapeutic

(Yep, yet another Parker post.)

Husband noticed that I have been very relaxed lately. He tells me he has not heard me screaming at the kids or getting angry at them recently.

Hmp. It’s just that the kids are off school and there are no tests and quizzes to stress over, I retort with an eye roll.

He thinks otherwise. It must be Parker, he says.

Well, he could be right. I mean, I’ve been preoccupied lately with this doggy. The kids and I bond together walking, grooming and just playing with our new baby. And doing these stuff seem to give an over-all feel-good vibe to me.

Pets seem to have that stress-relieving effect. In fact holistic health practitioners recommend pet therapy. Among the benefits include prolonged life, reduced stress-induced symptoms, and decreased need for medical care. For those who are lonely and longing for companionship, pet therapy may work better than going to free dating online sites! Because pets are non-judgmental, and give unconditional love.

What do you think?

I think I agree with husband. Parker is turning me into a gentler, more patient tiger mom. 😀

Welcoming 2011 with gratitude

First of all, I want to thank those who joined my blog contest on gratitude. Your comments are so heartwarming to read. Thank you for sharing your gratitude!

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Years ago, before I started blogging, I started a gratitude journal. Back then, I felt the need to cultivate the attitude of thankfulness because I felt, I thought my life lacked a lot of things. Maybe it was out of immaturity that I felt that way.

Although I wasn’t able to sustain the gratitude journal very long, I am glad I started one. Opening the journal at the end of a day and writing down all the reasons I can find to be thankful proved to be a very good exercise. I realized that no matter how bad a day it was, there was always at least five things to be thankful for.

Gratitude fills the void of whatever it is that I lack. I realize, when I make a conscious effort to be thankful by writing down my reasons to be thankful, that I am blessed, I have all that I need.

Today is the last day of 2010, and I want to end it with a thankful heart. There are many reasons for the overflowing gratitude I feel, and today seems like a good day to start anew with a Gratitude Journal. 🙂

Let’s end 2010 and welcome 2011 with thankful, grateful hearts. Say “thank you” to that person you must thank. Find reasons to be thankful. If you look hard enough, it hasn’t really been that bad. Life is beautiful; we will never run out of things to be thankful for.

Happy New Year to all of you! Let’s welcome 2011 with grateful, expectant hearts. 🙂