If you have a dog or cat, I’m betting that you frequently look them in the eyes and tell them you love them.
Iams, the pet food company, found that 91 percent of customers answering a survey admitted whispering those three little words to their furry friends.
When going through difficult times in my last relationship, I remember talking to my partner through the cat. I would say thing like, “Mr. Peeper says we never eat together anymore.” He would reply, “Tell Mr. Peeper that you are never home to eat with him.”
I am a woman with three advanced degrees in communications and psychology, yet I still struggle at times using direct communications with those I most love. Fortunately, I am not speaking through my cat in my current relationship, so I am improving. Yet I probably do tell Mooch I love him more often than I tell my partner.
Pets can help fill in the companionship that might be missing in our lives. Yet if we have a chance to strengthen our human relationships with deep conversations and frequent shows of affection, shouldn’t we commit more of our time to this?
Don’t get so busy or let conflicts in your relationships fester to the point that you aren’t connecting on a regular basis.