5 animal videos to bring you calm

Take a little time out of your day and unwind to the sights and sounds of animals who remind us to be happy in the moment.
By Nicole Hamilton

Whether you’re a parent helping your child return to school or simply far too busy to check everything off the daily to-do list, there’s a good chance you could use a little stress relief right about now.  

What if we told you there’s a way to tap into calmness without having to roll out a yoga mat or book a beach vacation? All you need are 20 seconds with these videos of pets and places at Best Friends to be transported to a place of stillness and ease.

So, sit back, relax and vibe out to the sound of wind chimes at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, watch horses run free, goats chomp on grass, and kittens get cozy. You’ll feel better in no time.

1. Sound of wind chimes fills the air

One of the first things you’re apt to notice when you visit the Sanctuary is the sound of wind chimes. While you can find (and hear) chimes throughout the Sanctuary, you’ll be bathed in their sounds at Angels Rest, which serves as the final resting place for cherished pets.

Take a minute or so to close your eyes and listen to the sounds. Since every chime represents those who have touched our lives, try imagining pets or persons from the past or present who fill you with joy whenever you think of them.

2. Visit Angels Rest a little longer

This 10-minute guided tour with Best Friends co-founder Cyrus Mejia is a wonderful way to pay tribute to a beloved animal or person, but it’s also a calming and centering experience for anyone needing a little respite from the day.

3. 20 seconds of curious horses

Big, soft eyes and soft footfalls in the sand, shaggy mane and forelock, and a curious nature: What’s more peaceful than a mustang who knows he’s safe?

4. Watch a goat doing his thing. Smile. Repeat.

Sometimes the best way to unwind is with a good chuckle. For this, we bring you the sound of … goats. You’ve heard of goat yoga, but what about goat ASMR? Here are 20 seconds of a cute goat chewing to add a little levity to your day.

5. Sleepy kittens are good medicine

“Relaxing” may not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of kittens, but if you’ve ever shared your home with one, you know that there’s this magical time (once they’re all tuckered out from playtime) when they snuggle up and fall asleep. Here’s a sweet video that captures that moment.

Do pets a world of good

Need a spiritual recharge or just another reason to feel good? All you have to do is volunteer to help pets at your local shelter. Giving back is good for the soul.

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Photo by Sarah Ause Kichas