Share experiences with your friends.
Okay, I'm not going to lie. This time the lesson came from a human and I'm applying it retroactively to animals.
So the Holidays are the time of year where everyone goes to visit friends and family and for the most part just enjoy each other's company (or try our best to). In that process I kind of realized that while experiences are nice, there's something about experiencing them together with others that are close to you. It can be anything from simply going to the movies to traveling across the world, most of the time it's more fun to go with a friend. As an added bonus shared experiences build a connection between you and your friends or family because you've all done something together.
You see animals do this as well, mostly in captivity where survival is pretty guaranteed, but in a different sort of way. If you watch some enrichment activities with an establish group of animals you may notice some interesting interactions. Most of what I've seen from pack animals, they do try and share...sometimes. Usually the way it works is one individual, usually the dominant female for lions or one of the alphas for wolves will go and inspect the item, maybe defend it for a little while but eventually they will share it with the other members of the pride or pack. I think it's just a universal understanding that sharing experiences makes things better.
So in the upcoming New Year, experience as much as you can and, if possible, experience it with those closest to you!
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Have a Great Solstice and a fantastic New Year!