Creative Wellness Blog

Today is bring your dog to work day!

Here's my dog Zoey with me at work.

A survey by reveals that 66% of American workers would be willing to take a pay cut in exchange for being allowed to bring their dog to work. Ninety-five percent of the 500+ people surveyed said they would be less stressed and 94% said they’d be happier with their dog at their desk.

I am one of those workers—though since I work as a writer from a home office, my black lab rescue Zoey is with me all day, every day. Lucky me!

There are so many benefits of having a dog—a reduction in stress, an increase in the motivation to exercise, and the unconditional love. Check out this Harvard Special Health Report I wrote with a preventive medicine specialist and a vet: Get Healthy, Get a Dog.

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Nancy Monson is a certified health and creativity coach who supports her clients to discover their healthier selves through personalized eating and exercise habits. She also speaks frequently on creativity, health, and diet topics. In addition, Nancy is a successful freelance writer. Her articles have been published in over 30 national magazines and newsletters, including Family Circle, Glamour, More, Reader’s Digest, Redbook, Shape,, Weight Watchers Magazine, and Woman’s Day. Nancy is the author of three consumer books: Creative Wellness, an ebook published in 2012; Craft to Heal: Soothing Your Soul with Sewing, Painting, and Other Crafts; and The Smart Guide to Boosting Your Energy, published by John Wiley and Sons in 1999.