With the holidays now upon us you may find yourself struggling with what to get or do for someone. Maybe the stress of the season is too much to take some days. That type of feeling is not good for us and, as a result, it can be felt by our dogs. What can you do about it? Well, studies have found that the more people participated in meaningful activities, the happier they were and the more purposeful their lives felt. Pleasure-seeking behaviors, on the other hand, did not make people happier. Interesting, huh?
If you are finding that you are overwhelmed with holiday gift giving, consider giving a gift to a deserving organization in someone's name instead! There are so many worthy and needy causes out there and the internet has made it easy to search for a cause you find the most deserving. Choose causes that are near and dear to you but also be careful that they are legitimate and will apply your funds in a manner that you approve of. To help confirm the authenticity of a cause, check give.org which is a Better Business Bureau website on charitable giving. After giving, don't forget to save that receipt for proof of your donation for tax purposes.
Here are some of my favorite causes to donate to:
http://www.rabieschallengefund.org The Rabies Challenge Fund
http://ahvmf.org American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation
http://www.communityspayneuterclinic.com/ A local low-cost neuter center
http://tripawds.org/give/ A pet help and resource center
http://jackrusselladoptions.org A rescue for the Jack Russell Terrier
http://animalfarmfoundation.org/ A Pit Bull rescue center
http://www.mofga.org/ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
http://gerson.org/gerpress/donate/ AlternativeCenter for Cancer and Chronic Disease
http://www.nongmoproject.org/ Educational Project that provides non-GMO sources
http://www.westonaprice.org Organization dedicated to Food, Farming and the Healing Arts
http://www.homeopathycenter.org/donate-0 A center that educates, promotes and protects Homeopathy
http://www.arborday.org/takeaction/index.cfm A foundation dedicated to planting and celebrating trees
The results of one study, published in the Journal of Research in Personality found that subjects became happier after they did something good, suggesting that happiness does, in fact, come about as a result of doing good things. Contributing to causes like the ones listed above can make us feel happier and if we are happier, so are our dogs! Feel free to share your favorite cause in the comments below. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you and your pups!