Unlike their sometimes uptight human counterparts, dogs pretty much run on one emotion and one emotion only: unwavering happiness. As long as their basic needs are met, they’ll wag their tails at just about anything.
But some dogs really know how to live. Feeling a little blah? Need a little life-spiration? Take a few notes from these happy dogs.
1. You do you.
The first trip down the slide may or may not have been a total accident. The next five? Totally on purpose. As you do, Doberman.
2. Follow your bliss.
Strap on a pair of tinted goggles, and oh yeah, this guy is Good. To. Go. You ride those waves!
3. Surprise yourself.
We have no idea why playing in a big ol’ pile of raked leaves is so much fun (or stomping every fallen one in your path, for that matter), but leaf pile season is officially here, and this guy has got it figured out. He even pops out! You know, for an element of surprise.
4. Work hard at what you love.
This corgi is using all of his brain power to play the piano—just like his human owner—and even glances over for approval, which is maybe the most adorable thing ever.
Practice makes perfect!
5. Just…get a backyard trampoline.
If you’re ever having one of those days (you know the ones), pull up this vid of a bulldog on a trampoline and watch it on a constant loop. It’ll cheer you up in like 20 seconds, guaranteed.
6. Get dressed up from time to time.
Pugs in costume. Need we say more? No, we need not.
7. Dance like no one is watching.
Ay-yay-yay! This dog has got some seriously saucy moves. Seriously, we only wish we had half her skills.
8. Sometimes, it’s okay to dive in head (or belly) first.
This corgi really committed to the jump, even though we’re pretty sure he made it, like, six inches from the dock. Good effort, little guy. We applaud your willingness to dive in—errr, bellyflop—head first.
9. Enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Sara just loves the way the wind feels in her hair. Life’s all about enjoying the simple pleasures, y’know?
10. Treat yourself to a few great toys.
Annnd someone discovered the rocking horse.
11. Don’t forget to kick back and relax.
And after a long day of having so much fun? It’s time to post up on the couch and indulge in a little TV. Because hey, after all that fun, you earned it.