8 Ways Pets Make You Happier and Healthier

Have you ever wondered why being around your pet makes you happier? It turns out that pets improve the quality of our lives in so many ways. Below are proven ways pets make you happier and healthier.

1. Pets boost your self-esteem.

You don’t need to read hundreds of self-help books to boost your self-esteem. Taking care of your pet improves your self-worth. Pets accept us for who we are. They shower us with love without judgment.

This was actually proven by a study, which found that people who had pets had higher self-esteem and a stronger sense of belonging compared to people who don’t.

2. Pets combat loneliness.

If you’re an animal lover you already know this. But people struggling with loneliness may be glad to know that caring for a cat or a dog will make them happier.

This study found that a pet helped reduce feelings of loneliness among seniors who live alone.

3. Pets ease stress.

It’s virtually impossible to maintain optimal health if you don’t manage your stress levels.

Luckily, you can ease your stress by petting your dog or cat for a few minutes. Studies show that petting animals stimulates the release of serotonin and oxytocin, which are feel-good hormones.

Do you know why most dentists have aquariums? They want to keep you calm! According to research, looking at fish in an aquarium helps reduce pre-treatment anxiety and fear.

4. Pets may help you recover from an addiction.

Pets offer companionship and unconditional love, which can be extremely beneficial to people recovering from an addiction. Feeding and cleaning them also keeps you accountable.

8 Ways Pets Make You Happier and Healthier

5. Pets lower your blood pressure.

Nowadays, doctors recommend pets to people with high blood pressure and other cardiovascular risks. Pets have also been shown to help people who have had heart attacks recover faster.

Note that petting an unknown dog isn’t the same as petting a companion dog. Research shows that people who pet a companion dog respond with a lower blood pressure compared to those who pet unknown dogs.

6. Pets help you develop empathy.

Taking care of a dog or a cat helps you see things from the other people’s points of view. In fact, studies from the U.K and U.S show that people who have pets also have higher empathy scores.

However, there are conflicting studies. This study found that there was no difference in empathy among children who had pets and those who didn’t. But the researchers discovered that people who had dogs were more empathetic than people who had other types of pets. They also observed lower empathy in people who had cats.

7. Pets keep you active.

Simply having a dog won’t make you active. You need to walk her every day. Research shows that people who walk their dogs walk an hour longer per week compared to people who don’t walk theirs.

Don’t be inactive because you’ve got a cat. Use these tips to take her for a walk.

8. Pets improve your social life.

People are more likely to smile at you or talk to you when you have your pet than when you are by yourself. Some will even share funny stories about their pets.

How does your pet make you happier?

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Ingrid A
Ingrid A1 months ago

thank you

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Alexandra Richards
Alexandra Richards1 months ago

Thank you.

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Elizabeth M
Past Member 1 months ago

noted with thanks.

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Ingrid A
Ingrid A1 months ago

thanks very much

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Lesa D
Lesa D2 months ago

thank you Brian...

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Cindy M. D
Cindy M. D2 months ago

My sweet boy does all that and more. TYFS. Hope more people adopt a loving, wonderful, new BFF!!!

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hELEN hEARFIELD
hELEN h2 months ago

tyfs

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Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

Always talk to Saff Thank you for carin and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

Lifts both your spirits Thank you for carin and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

Animals love being talked to Thank you for carin and sharing

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