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9 Ways Animal Friends Make Us Better Humans

9 Ways Animal Friends Make Us Better Humans

I often say that my cat is the coolest person I know. Whether I’m happy or sad, angry or depressed, she’s always there and always responds with unconditional love. She also makes sure I don’t spend too long seated at my desk, sleep too late on the weekends; and she’s great at locating the misguided spider in the corner. And this isn’t limited to me (or my cat).

A 2011 poll by Harris Interactive found that over nine in ten pet owners (91%) say they consider their pet to be a member of their family -a sentiment that remains constant among dog-owners (92%) and cat-owners (91%). And whether it’s a Cocker Spaniel, Calico or Cock-a-too, we do lots of things to show how much we care about our animal friends, like buying them presents, letting them sleep in our beds, or taking them to work with us.

This animal-human kinship goes both ways. Spending time with animals has been shown to have various health benefits including helping to relieve stress and anger. The same Harris poll found that most Americans believe it’s a good idea to have dogs at long-term care facilities (89%), hospitals (72%) and prisons (60%).

But can animals do more than just make us feel good? What about making us better humans? Check out the infographic below to learn about some of the most notable animal-human relationships every known, and discover nine valuable life lessons we can all learn from animals, both wild and domesticated.

Humans and Animals

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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11:35AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

Everyone knows there are ways life enhances other lives.

5:48AM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

My fur kids make me a better person because I want to take care of them! I want to make sure they don't get hurt or sick!

3:26PM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

Life is incomplete without them, I lost my cat about 9 months ago , and she still is a part of my each morning :)

12:35PM PDT on May 26, 2014

Life without animals... No way!!!

9:38PM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

If I didn't have my dog to keep my spirits up I would be in a world of hurt. She has a big job and does it well. Dogs are wonderful companions.

9:44PM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

They do make us better.Thanks for sharing.

5:35PM PDT on Apr 20, 2014


8:54PM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

love my cat

3:12PM PDT on Apr 19, 2014


7:10AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

totally agree with u Carol, the examples in the infograph were terrible and as Val said showed more how we tend to use animals as oppose to having an actual relationship with them.

Not to say that we don't or can't have real relationships with them and that having one can't make us better humans, i've grown up with pets my whole life and def believe they've influenced me for the better but the infograph just did a terrible job showin that

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