Our pets are our life partners, our loyal companions – our best friends. Their lives may not be as long as ours, but they pack more living into every minute than most humans do in every week. In addition to the love and companionship our pets provide, they have a lot to teach us about how to be our best selves. You could call them furry philosophers.

From cats to dogs to hamsters, pets of every species can set examples for humans in all kinds of capacities. They show us how to love, how to play and how to appreciate the little things. Animals make the most of the time they’re given, displaying a serious zest for life on earth. They live openly, outrageously and hilariously, leaving indelible imprints on our lives along the way. Basically, they’re our interspecies teachers. So, here are ten lessons we can learn from our precious pets:

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1.  Love is All You Need.

What’s more important in life than love? Love comes in many shapes, sizes and species. Pets know how to love without limits.

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2.  It’s the Little Things.

Be it a hamster wheel, a bone or a ride on a Roomba, pets know how to enjoy life’s little pleasures.

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3.  Best Friends Make Life Worth Living.

In the words of William James, “Wherever you are, it is your friends who make your world.” Pets know the value of a BFF – regardless of species.

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4.  There’s Nothing Like a Nap.

Mid-afternoon naps can solve almost any problem. Pets (and babies!) know this, hence the vital importance naps play in their daily routines.

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5.  Do Things Your Way.

Embrace the weird. You might get some sideways looks, but who cares? Pets are all about being themselves.

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6.  Learn to Listen.

Good listening skills are invaluable in any relationship. Pets know how to listen, judgment-free.

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7.  Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve.

Life is short, why hide your feelings? You might as well show the ones you love exactly how much you adore them.

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8.  Try Anything Once.

Pets tend to jump in with all four feet. Risks come with a life well-lived, and living isn’t much fun without taking some chances.

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9.  Playtime is a Must.

We all need time to let those creative juices flow. Even a cardboard box or a paper bag can prove entertaining, when imagination is involved.

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10.  Helping Others Feels Great.

Unselfish deeds are what makes the world goes round. Pets know the importance of putting others first.

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