How Furry Angels Pursue Happiness

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  It’s almost Independence Day and I’ve been thinking about this edict.  What does being happy mean and how does one pursue it?

For this furry angel, happiness is just being.  I am happy because I choose to be happy and I know it’s my divine birthright.  Sure, it’s easy to have that state of being as an angel, but I felt this way in my earthly body too.

It's easy to choose happiness and Pawsomeness!

I’ve come to believe that we each have the ability to decide how happy we want to be.  If you focus on all the good stuff in your life, it’s easier to hold a joyful state of mind.

What you think about has great power over how you feel.  I wake up thinking about endless grass to romp in, peanut butter treats, the love I feel from my family and the recent success of my SF Giant’s.  It’s impossible not to feel happy when I hold this focus!

I’ve taught mama well and she’s finally getting the hang of choosing perpetual happiness too.  Having pups in the house inevitably drives the happiness thermometer higher & mama’s feeling the happiness heat!

Wilbur is choosing happiness

Because of some deep hurts and challenges, mama got out of the habit of being diligent about her pursuit of happiness.  Part of my purpose on earth was to remind mama that her default emotions are happiness, joy and gratitude — not worry and regret — and I can happily report Mission Accomplished!

Mama has been on a happiness high and I’m smiling down upon her.  She adores Timmy, Wilbur and Bella, enjoys stimulating work, has incredible friends and lives near family that she loves.  Staying laser focused on pawsitive people and activities is clearly the way to pursue happiness.

You’ll find that the happier you are, the happier everyone around you will feel.  Next time you’re in the grocery store, focus on how happy you are to be there.  Hold gratitude for the abundance of food choices, compliment a fellow shopper on their cute shoes, eyeglasses or baby, thank the checker for doing a good job, etc… I promise that if you do these small things, people will be smiling with you.  You’ll look around and feel joy emanating from everyone.

Quick tip from your furry angel:  The quickest way to achieve a high level of happiness is to hug a dog!

Pursue happiness with great gusto, friends!  And report back to me on the grocery store experiment.

~ Wags & Peace ~



  1. Trish says:

    Wonderful post, Atticus! There’s really nothing that needs to be added as your message is simple, direct and right on! I just got through hugging my three dogs so can attest to your quick tip. :-)

    Hugs & wags to you for your pawsitive attitude.

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  2. Atticus says:

    Happy you took my quick tip advice, Trish! Hugs & wags right back at you :)

  3. It certainly made me happy to see a post from you, Atticus! I’m not sure at what point I began to believe in the power of choosing happy, positive thoughts, but I’m grateful to be in alignment with you on this one. Turning my attention to what is good is part of my mental housecleaning.

    Of course, I am a firm believer that we also need to leave room for the times when sadness or other emotions less in tune with the happiness curve come our way. It doesn’t seem to me to be contradictory–it’s a good exercise for me to hold simultaneously the emotions that might seem conflicting.

    To be willing to claim happiness also means we remember gratitude–surely one of the best ways to help sustain a good world. I am grateful to have these words from you, today, Atticus. I miss you!

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  4. Atticus says:

    I miss you too, Judy!

    I like what you call “mental housecleaning” — a good term that I may need to steal! :)

    Gratitude definitely results in deeper happiness. I’m grateful for wonderful peeps like you in my life!

  5. Totally agree that we choose to be happy, it doesn’t happen to us! Living in gratitude is key for me. If I am grateful for all that is (including my self) then I walk around with a smile on my face and the whole world around me is happier!
    Nice to see you back Atticus! <3

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  6. Aaaaaaaaaaw!!! That is soo cute and so well-said!
    I love my furry angel and I am smiling at you. I have seen your Mama last week and I agree what you said about her. She had that “glow” and it made me so happy to see her in this state (especially at the Hare Krishna temple, I feel you were there with us, what an awesome night!!)

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  7. Donna McCord says:

    How lovely and joyful to hear from you Atticus! and to learn how contented and at peace you are; what a glorious blessing that you give to your Momma and to all who know you and receive what you have to say about choosing joy over despair and developing a heart of gratitude. It is so true and I have learned this truth so many times reading in God’s Word, especially the Psalms, where gratitude and praise and joy are mentioned hundreds of times as being His will for all creation! I love Psalm 96:11-12 “Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice” and Psalm 100 1-5 “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
    Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us,and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:
    be thankful unto him, and bless his name.For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting;and his truth endureth to all generations.” It can be difficult to maintain that state of mind when others around you are unhappy and unwilling to change, but the power of a joyful spirit and a grateful heart can overcome and transform the darkness every time! So good to talk to you again, Atticus! Hugs to you!

  8. Lizzie says:

    Happiness is very important to us because by the time we face problems, we always need it because we don’t need to be sad when we have problems.. Just be positive always..
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  9. chrislwagner says:

    Beautiful post and so happy to hear about your mamma’s state of mind!!!

  10. Lisa says:

    Hi Atticus, how are you doing? I came across your website when looking for info about Dr. Valverde. My cocker mix Alfie will probably need surgery for lung cancer, and Dr. Valverde seems like a great choice.

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