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Five Ways to Stay in a Happy, Holiday Spirit All Year: Wisdom from My Dog Kingston

5. Take Naps

Watching Kingston nap for roughly 16 hours every day (or hearing him—that boy can snore!) has shown me the value of a good rest to rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit. Even 20 minutes of quiet time helps me to feel refreshed. And though I can’t always nap (some of us have to work to pay for that cozy doggie bed of his), Kingston reminds me of the importance of taking time out for myself each day.

4. Don’t Let Anything Keep You From Doing What You Love—Go For It

Kingston is a French Bulldog and so is perfectly built to nap but completely and laughably ill-equipped to swim. Does that stop him from racing onto the doggie beach, plunging into the lake, and paddling wildly amongst the agile golden retrievers and labs to keep his huge grin and snout afloat? Never!

3. Don’t Be Shy About Asking for Tummy Rubs or Treats

If you come within 5 feet of Kingston he rolls over to expose his tummy and even if he’s just had dinner, he has no shame in setting those big brown eyes on you until a treat appears. If you need something—affection, support, encouragement, advice, an ear to listen, or a shoulder to lean on—ask for it. People are often so willing to give if they know what you need.

4. Keep the People and Things You Love Close

We all can’t sleep with our favorite toys and bones piled up around us and burrowed in our bed like Kingston does but we can do our best to stay in touch with the people who matter most to us, make time to be with them and surround ourselves with photos, mementos, and other meaningful objects to remind us of who we are and what we value.

1. Show the People You Love That You Love Them Every Day

Kingston cuddles up to me every single day and it makes my day, every single time. So, share the love. You’ll feel great and so will those around you.

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