If You’re Happy and You Know It Wag Your Tail

motivational-speaker-linda-larsen-lulutotoAs a motivational speaker there is one thing in my life that is a given. I travel. A lot. And because of that, there is another thing that in my life that is absolutely certain. And that has to do with my dogs.

I have two of them.  Two completely different, funny, loving, wacky dogs.  And there’s one thing they have in common.  When I come home from a trip (and this includes a 30  minute trip to the grocery store) and walk through the door, they run up to me and leap, hop, cry for joy and wag their tails with such fervor that I am CERTAIN they will fly off their little bodies.  Basically, their message is, “OH MY GOSH!  YOU’RE HERE!  I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!  I MISSED YOU TERRIBLY!  YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF MY LIFE!  YOU ARE THE QUEEN OF THE WORLD!  I GROVEL AT THE FEET OF YOUR WONDERFULNESS!”         

And I stand there.  Feeling so loved, so appreciated, so valued, thinking, “Yes.  I am quite amazing, aren’t I?”

Well, maybe not that.  But I cannot help but smile and feel somewhat outstanding.

So here’s your job.  The next time you are home and someone in your family (wife, husband, son, mother) comes home, I want YOU to run up to THEM.  Then leap, hop, cry for joy and vigorously wag your tail, exclaiming their wonderfulness and how much you loved and missed them. 

I kid you not.  You will be stunned, amazed and downright delighted at their response. 

Just one thing.  Do not bark, do not lick their legs and do not piddle on the floor. Other than that – go crazy.


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Love this Linda!  I will do that today when Frenchie comes home…the wagging of my tail, not piddle on the floor!!!

  2. Scott just got a WARM reception! Love the visual of you being welcomed home. I can't even imagine the love people feel from the unconditional love their pets bring.

  3. I LOVE this post, Linda. I am definitely going to share it! And I can honestly say without doubt, that this is how you greet me every time you see me. What a gift. Thank you for reminding me that I can do this too.

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