Do Your Pets Know You Are Happy?
Here’s how pets — especially cats and dogs — can improve your health and happiness:
Improve Heart Health
Living with a furry friend has been proven to lower high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides thereby reducing your risk of heart disease.
Lower Blood Pressure
Petting your cat or dog can lower your blood pressure and make you feel calmer. Playing with your pet increases the levels of the feel-good chemicals serotonin and dopamine in your brain.
Connect With Others
Let's face it - pet owners like to talk about their pets almost as much as parents like to talk about their kids - possibly more-so. And when you meet a fellow pet owner, you immediately have a connection. You get to meet your fellow pet enthusiasts at the park, the pet store, community picnics and more. You can even connect on-line with other pet owners and enjoy activities together.
Studies show that pet owners who regularly walk their pets have more physical stamina. Thank you Captain Obvious - I know, I know. But sometimes we need an excuse to get outside and get some Vitamin D.
Talk Through Challenges
Pets are good listeners. And sometimes we need someone to listen to us or just accept us as we are. According to a study published by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, pet owners have greater self-esteem, recover from rejection quicker and demonstrate greater emotional strength as a result of enjoying the company of a furry psychologist who does not judge and listens as long as you want to talk.
So there you have it. If you have the time, the space and the money for an amazing companion that has a lot to offer - pets are a great choice.