On Pets and Marriage
Published on Thursday, 28 October 2010
Wouldn’t it be nice to be greeted with a big hug and sloppy kiss from the love of your life when you get home? If we could treat our spouses the same way we treat our pets, the road to marital bliss would be a lot smoother.
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According to psychologist Suzanne Phillips, we can all learn how to improve our human relationships by focusing on how we interact with our pets.
Among her suggestions:
Greetings: Even on bad days, we greet our pets with a happy, animated hello, and usually a pat on the head or a hug. Do you greet your spouse that way?
Holding grudges: Even when our pets annoy us by wrecking the furniture or soiling the floor, we don’t stay mad at them.
Assuming the best: When our pets make mistakes, we don’t take it personally and are quick to forgive. We give them the benefit of the doubt. Yet when our spouse does something wrong, we often react with anger and blame.
In her PsychCentral article, Dr Phillips writes “The old expression ‘you get what you give’ may apply here. Maybe you give something very positive to your pet that invites the unconditional love and connection that makes you feel so good. Maybe it has potential to enhance your relationship.”
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To learn more lessons from pets to improve your relationship, read the full column, “Can Pets Improve Your Relationship?”