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
Source: BestPsychologyDegrees.com

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Christine Jones
Christine Jones7 months ago

My cat saved my life. Wouldn't be here without him. Love him to bits.

Carrie-Anne Brown
Carrie-Anne Brown8 months ago

thanks for sharing :)

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompsonabout a year ago

Everyone knows there are ways life enhances other lives.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Croweabout a year ago

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!

Niharika M.
Niharika M.about a year ago

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

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla1 years ago

Life without animals... No way!!!

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H.1 years ago

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.

Janis K.
Janis K.1 years ago

They do make us better.Thanks for sharing.

Karen S.
Karen S.1 years ago


Barb Hansen
Barb Hansen1 years ago

love my cat