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Everything You Think You Know About Beating Stress is Wrong

  • October 23, 2011
  • 4:00 pm
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Yesterday’s Wisdom: Turn to family and friends for support.
Today’s Smart Strategy
: Cuddle up with your pet.

Hanging out with loved ones has long been touted as an instant mood-booster, but according to new scientific evidence, when it comes to managing stress, the calming effects of spending time with a furry friend trump those obtained by hanging out with friends and family. “Having your pet, whether a cat or a dog, with you during a stressful event turns out to be more soothing than a best friend or a spouse,” says James J. Blascovich, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dr. Blascovich and colleagues asked volunteers to perform difficult math problems while in the company of their spouse, a friend, or their pet. Using heart rate and blood pressure as measures of stress, the researchers found that people strained the least and performed the best when in the company of their cat or dog. While spending time with a friend or spouse can be a great way to relax, sidle up to your pet when the pressure’s on.

Does your pet need pet friends too?

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5:00AM PDT on Jul 25, 2014

this is interestingg. and YESS CHOCOLATE. CHOCOLATE IS THE ANSWER TO EVERYTHING.

9:49PM PST on Nov 19, 2013

Do Something You Love :)

3:15AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Thank you :)

4:45AM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Thank you :)

3:45PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

whatever works

12:43PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

thanks for sharing

5:24AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

i'm feeling pretty stressed up right now :/

2:33PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thank you.

2:32PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thank you.

2:30PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thank you.

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