When you are a relationship expert, it seems there is no escaping love lessons. Whether I go to a playground, the circus, the grocery store or the laundromat, I'm always picking up jewels of relationship wisdom. But my visit to the San Diego Zoo this weekend may have trumped them all. Every stop along the way served up some sort of lesson in love, far more enlightening than any textbook, episode of Dr. Drew, or blog. By studying the simplicity of our furry, feathered and scaly friends, I noticed how our complicated lives unnecessarily complicate our love lives. The animals at the zoo just get it. They have such an unpolluted way of taking care of themselves and of each other. Of course they don't have jobs, dreams, taxes to pay and a zillion other things that can distract them from focusing on what really matters, but even still I think it is worthwhile, to stop and observe the methods of a few favorite animals and see what learnings you can extract and apply to your own ways of love. To get you started, here are a few things that the my favorite animals taught me about pure and primal love this weekend:
Orangutans prioritize play.
These red-haired, spaghetti-armed primates live to be silly. Constantly swinging from ropes, flipping over branches, playing peek a boo and tugging on each other’s beards just to crack a smile out of one other, these guys are always looking for a reason to have fun.
Love lesson learned: Relationships need a good dose of teasing, taunting and a lot of fun!
Ducks believe in loyalty.
One of the few monogamous creatures in the animal kingdom, family first is the motto of the duck. Whether on land or in water, ducks always stick together and appear to be harmonious while doing so. They wait for each other when one is slower, always looking out for each other's best interest.
Love lesson learned: Commitment is simply a decision to go the distance with your chosen one, no matter what.