Animals can teach us some of the most valuable lessons in life and love that can have a big impact on our relationships.
From the lifelong loyalty of elephants to dolphin rescue efforts known to save humans from sharks, the lessons of animal love are abundant.
Here are 14 lessons of animal love that we all need in our lives.
1. Don’t judge yourself and others.
Animals can teach you not to judge each other or to worry about disabilities. Instead, focus on your abilities.
You don’t see a three-legged dog or one-eyed cat feeling sorry for itself.
2. Provide comfort.
Animals are sensitive when you are sick, and they offer physical comfort and emotional love.
They can make you laugh and forget about your problems and be in the moment.
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3. Don’t overanalyze situations.
Animals are not attached to ego, status, appearance, or success.
Instead, offer open curiosity and confidence in the physical and emotional attachment.
4. Be observant.
Animals can teach you to be an observer and to use all of your senses, including your sixth sense.
5. Be engaged.
Listen to and pay attention to each other just like animals do when they protect themselves from predators.
6. Give and expect nothing in return.
Animals can teach you to arouse emotions stifled by kindness, affection, and respect by giving and accepting each one without expecting anything in return.
You can learn to communicate with animals. Even without words like their eyes, body language and touch can tell you everything you need to know.
8. Take advantage of special moments.
Perform without superficial desires and desires.
The animals’ play is much more obvious – they run, jump, shake their heads, spin and fully enjoy the dashing behavior without any inhibitions.
9. Learn to forgive.
Animals can teach you to forgive each other after conflict with true reconciliation, no hard feelings, no pent-up resentment and anger, but with a kiss and a few wiggles of the tail.
10. Have more fun.
Animals can teach you how to make life more fun by making love and play a priority so that schedules don’t rule or ruin your life.
They don’t keep track of the time or find excuses to say they’re too busy or too tired to spend quality time with the one they love.
11. Breathe and relax.
Animals can teach you to relax worry-free, anxiety-free and stress-free.
Just look at a cat or dog lying on its back with its paws wide open. Watch how they breathe slowly and steadily as if they were meditating.
We often hold our breath or take short, quick breaths instead of long breaths that oxygenate our whole body.
12. Be patient, compassionate, and grateful.
Just look into their innocent eyes as you treat them to a treat they’ve been waiting for.
You can learn to use the same lesson in your own life when you are waiting for someone to call or meet you, even if they are late.
13. Learn to adapt to change and learn new tricks.
Many people don’t want to question themselves and fear that change will always be negative when in fact it can be everyone’s biggest lesson.
14. Appreciate your surroundings and be fascinated by the smallest object for hours.
People often have an insatiable appetite for more, better, and different environment, objects of desire, and materialistic things.
You can learn to be thankful with fewer animals.
And these 12 animals can teach you endless life lessons that you can use to make your life happier and more fulfilling.
They teach you not to be afraid of being alone. Cats can have hours of fun with nothing more than a piece of paper or string.
They teach you to show affection when someone pampers you by making sounds of pleasure, snuggling up to you, and even making eye contact.
Many women like to be touched in the same way that a person gently and slowly strokes a cat with affectionate hugs.
They teach you to give unconditional love. Remember when you come home from a long day at work and are greeted with a slobbery kiss and a wagging tail.
You can also learn to set emotional and physical boundaries in your relationships, just like you do when training dogs. Most importantly, you can learn to communicate affectionately to meet your needs.
A dog reacts much better to kindness than to aggression.
They can teach you to persevere through difficult times and reconnect with yourself.
Many people with disabilities have experienced touching, grooming, and handling these magnificent animals for therapeutic purposes.
When horses expose their teeth, they smile or show submission, much like humans.
They can teach you to use your strengths wholeheartedly in everything you do, to face your fears courageously, and to take your sleep seriously.
Lions actually try to avoid fights, and the lioness plays a major role in the relationship. Lions are very social and have a wider range of communication than other felines.
They have good communication skills through body language, hand touching, kissing, and a variety of gestures and facial expressions, including sticking their tongue out when angry.
You can learn to express your feelings and not keep them inside where they will escalate into resentment.
They are a great example of how you can transform yourself from darkness into happiness as they transform from caterpillars to beautiful flying butterflies.
Their wings are transparent and show how beautiful it is to really “see” yourself as you are without hiding behind a facade.
They are known for their nourishing and human hugs that reassure their families.
You can learn to be protective, loyal, and caring for the people you love and let them know that they are making a difference in your life.
They understand when another dolphin or even a person is in danger and will do everything possible to save them.
As human beings, you want to be able to count on your partner for your life, knowing that they will protect you.
Dolphins empathize and care for each other, working as a team to protect their group, much like poly families.
They have been working together for many years. Male and female take turns incubating their eggs and feeding their babies.
There are no power struggles and parenting is done equally. You can learn to improve your basic parenting principles through penguins.
They are known to be lifelong monogamous and have human qualities like compassion and caring for one another.
After mating, the male swan builds the nest and attacks anyone perceived to be a threat to his chicks, including humans.
These are basic human instincts that date back to the Stone Age.
They are dashing, especially during the breeding season. Male foxes court foxes and often fight against other males to gain the affection of female foxes. Then they make a lot of noise, screaming, barking and screaming during sex, which can take up to 20 minutes.
Like humans, foxes have a large vocabulary of sounds, especially during lovemaking, so let your partner know how much you value intimacy by releasing sounds of pleasure.
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Dr. Ava Cadell is an author, clinical sexologist, sexual advisor, founder of Loveology University, and president of the American College of Sexologists International. For more information, visit his website.