Temple Grandin, Animals in Translation
Dr. Grandin calls the part of the brain that is activated by happy anticipation the SEEKING circuit. It is rewarding...and necessary...to SEEK OUT what is required for survival. This common link to our mammalian relatives, including our dogs, means that we can easily translate and relate to the emotion of anticipation in our furry friends.
What does your pooch anticipate? Walks, treats, brushing, food, car rides, playtime with friends? The SEEKING circuit ensures that the prospect of any of those looks BEAUTIFUL!
What do YOU anticipate? New shoes, travel, a holiday meal, date night, flowers, visits with family? Do you feel pleasure at the prospect of these things? Excitement?
Doggone, don't you just wish you had a tail to wag sometimes???
Whatever activates your SEEKING circuit this weekend, take a moment to notice how much happiness the anticipation brings. (Sometimes it's even more pleasurable than the event itself.) If you don't have any plans to anticipate, plan just ONE small thing. Then, SEE BEAUTIFUL as your happy time approaches!
Happy See Beautiful Friday!