Anyone with a beloved pet will tell you that there is a very real feeling of calm that their pets bring them after a long day, and science agrees. Pets really are good for your health. Adding a furry friend to your life can have surprising results, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Studies have shown a number of advantages to having an animal companion, including:
Reduced Anxiety and Stress
Spending time with your animal companion can lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and increase serotonin and oxytocin, both of which help you feel better.
Lower Blood Pressure
In some studies, petting a dog or cat actually reduced blood pressure better than some medications.
Improved Heart Health
In a 20-year study, people who never owned a cat were 40 percent more likely to die of a heart attack than those who had a cat; and dog owners had a significantly higher survival rate one year after a heart attack than those who didn’t have a dog. All pet owners showed a lower risk of death from all cardiac diseases, including heart failure.
Ease of Symptoms of Depression
Animals show unconditional love, are terrific stress relievers, and are great listeners (???).
Increased Physical Fitness
Dogs need to be walked, and someone has to take them. For those who are inactive or can’t do strenuous physical exercise, taking several walks around the block with your dog throughout the day or tossing a ball for them will help you be more physically fit.
Stronger Immune System
Compared to families without pets, children in homes with pets tend to have improved immune systems and have reduced allergies, asthma, and eczema.
Time spent with a pet causes the release of endorphins, which help you feel better both physically and emotionally. This is one reason why therapy dogs who visit hospitals and nursing homes can be so helpful.
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