I’ve had a big year. Both in a big-and-exciting way and in a scary, ominous, are-you-kidding-me!? kind of way. And with all that’s going on, we also decided to get a puppy (!). While this could have been a nightmare, it’s turned out to be a dream come true.

Not only is Peanut the world’s sweetest Tiny Goldendoodle, he has the kind of spirit I just can’t help but invest in. He’s my little well of joy, a well that I draw from every day to keep myself sane, my work on point, and my relationships underwritten with happiness.

Over the last 4 months, Peanut’s sweet little doggy disposition has helped my see, with such crystal clarity, that life is good. I’ve watched him grow and learn, and have tried to help him figure out the world. In return, he’s shown me these 6 truths, straight from the soul:

  1. Don’t worry, be happy
  2. “Every day I wake up and run around like it’s my first day on Earth. Yesterday? What’s that? Tomorrow? Who knows? Look at us, look at this, it’s all so amazing! I’m pumped to be here. Being happy, making others happy, that’s my #1 priority.”

  3. Find time to play
  4. “All that adulting seems boring and stressful. Let’s play! I promise it’ll make you feel better.”

  5. Get enough sleep
  6. “Sleeping is the best. Enough said.”

  7. Get outside
  8. “There’s nothing better than the sights and sounds and smells and feeling of being outside. I feel connected to the source. Warm or cold, rain or shine, let’s make time to get outside.”

  9. Be curious
  10. “There’s so much to see and do and sniff and explore. Being interested makes me interesting. I make my own fun.”

  11. Show your love
  12. “I love big. I’m all in. And when it comes to telling the people around them that I love them, I don’t play games. I’m forthright. I show them all day everyday because they’re important to me, and I can tell that I’m important to them.”