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Always Get Excited When Someone You Love Comes Home

If you’re a dog owner, you probably know this scenario:  You come home after a long day of work and your dog, well….. goes nuts!  Or….you come home after having been gone a half hour and your dog, well… goes nuts!  I mean, think about it.  You are their entire world after all.  You are their entertainment, source of food, source of companionship, and you make fun things happen!  In your dog’s eyes, you’re basically a celebrity!  (And…they don’t even care what you look like!)  Doesn’t it feel good to be loved like that?

Now, imagine what would happen, and how much our relationships with our spouses and loved ones would improve, if they always received that same excitement from us when they came home.

If you’re anything like my husband and I, chances are you are a busy person!  You’re working, taking care of kids, trying to exercise and cook healthy meals, trying to keep an organized house. Sometimes when someone walks in the door to come home, you might not even realize it amidst all the hustle and bustle of the day. 

How good would it feel to another person though if, every time they came through the door they had our undivided attention—even if it was just a few moments.  How much would it lift someone up if, as soon as they walked in we greeted them with a smile on our face and a wagging tail.  (Okay, not literally, but you know what I mean.  Some sort of body language showing we are happy to see them!)  How happy would it make that person to know that someone else was so joyful in that moment, and it was just because the two of you got to see each other, face to face, for this first time in a while.

My encouragement for you is to try it out.  The next time your child comes home from school or practice, greet them with the enthusiasm of a dog.  Behave as if they are the only person in the universe that matters and that you just want to be around them because of who they are.  Watch how this changes their mood and lifts their self-esteem.  The next time your spouse comes home from a long day at work (especially if they are stressed), meet them at the door with a smile and a kiss and the attitude that they are truly special to you.  Let these people know that your world is a better place just because you get to be in their presence.  Watch their attitudes change and watch your relationships change when you show them as much love and excitement as our dogs show us—just by walking in the door. 

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