In a culture that tries to prevent so much waste,
Cats innately know the secrets to happiness. Cats know from kittenhood how to live life to its fullest. They play hard, eat well, get plenty of beauty sleep, and know how to handle stress. But they also teach us how to live the same way and enjoy life. If you pay enough attention to your cat, you will soon be able to start living the Zen life of a cat yourself.
1. Our furry friends are known for basking in the warmth of the sun and can teach us a little something about getting our daily vitamins in the process. Many people lack vitamin D, which is proven to help the immune system to fight off invading bacteria and viruses, help muscles to move, and help nerves to carry messages between the brain and every body part.
2. Cats and cuddling go together like PB&J. They know the benefits of a good snuggle session and aren’t ashamed to admit it. With our lives becoming more and more hectic and disconnected by the minute, take the time to acknowledge that special someone (or special furry someone) by putting cuddling back on your schedule and make it a priority.
3. Streeeeetch! Cats stretch all the time. When was the last time you took a second to give yourself a good stretch? It will help with thought clarity and muscle soreness by bringing blood to the brain and muscles, and will give you a little energy boost in the process. So, if you sit at a desk most days, stand up, lay down, lean on something and elongate your body to feel the euphoric effects of a good stretch.
4. Can’t we all just get along? Cats are known to be finicky and are selective in picking their friends, but that doesn’t mean they are haters. Kitties can teach us about broadening our horizons. That is, yes, cats and dogs can get along! Try reaching out to someone who isn’t normally your type, and you might be the better for it by becoming part of an unlikely, yet powerful team.
5. Meditation is the key to stress relief, according to cats. Ever wonder about their purrs and their weird talent to win every single staring contest? Consider this: Chanting “Om” and gazing or focusing is a great aspect of meditation. Cats do it all the time. Purring is the equivalent to a chant, and those creepy stares are our version of calming their minds.
6. It seems like every time we look, cats are bathing themselves. After meals, before a nap, throughout the day. Cats know cleanliness is next to godliness and you should follow suit. We all know the benefits of keeping clean, but consider a nice long soak, too. It can be stress relieving and sooth sore muscles, getting you ready for a restful slumber.
7. See that furry mouse? That wrapper? That fuzzy ball on the floor? Chances are, you cat is about to pounce and make it his b*tch. Consider doing the same thing in your life. While taking it easy is super important, so is getting things done. What could you do right now with a little burst of energy that would make your to-do list a little shorter?
8. Take your time! Seriously, the world isn’t going anywhere and cats know this one for sure. When was the last time you saw a cat rushing around to get nowhere fast? Sure, they don’t have people responsibilities, but they can surely offer up a tip or two on how to stop and breathe. Don’t walk so fast if you aren’t in a hurry, don’t lay on the horn unless you have good reason and don’t spend more time worrying about getting there than enjoying the journey that is life.