A kitty’s purr and a puppy’s wagging tail do more for you than offer unconditional love. Pet owners are clear on the immediate joys that come with having an animal companion, but the average domestic pet can provide us with many therapeutic benefits that can make you happier and healthier.
Typically when you think of ways to reduce stress in your life techniques like meditation or journaling would come to mind. But, bringing a new furry friend into your life has some of the strongest stress relief benefits and your four-legged companion can even fight of depression. Our dogs depend upon us for all their needs; we are responsible for providing our furry companions healthy food, making sure they are exercised, groomed, happy, and healthy. This gives us dog-parents a sense of purpose in life. Further, pets promote structure in life which is beneficial for mental health.
Studies show that for people with mild to moderate depression, your animal can improve your mood and reduce your tension. Pets also provide:
- Sensory Stress Relief
- Social Interaction
- Uncomplicated Love
- Reduced Anxiety
Owning a pet is not right for everyone as having an animal to care for does come with extra work and responsibility, however, the positive benefits of having a furry best friend usually outweigh the negative. Dr. Gail Saltz, bestselling author and psychiatrist, describes more reasons that pets have a positive influence on our health with today’s video from Mondays with Marlo on MarloThomas.com:
Cuddle up with your hound (or kitten!) with these Vegan Chocolate Waffles from FitSkitz. They are the perfect breakfast in bed meal so you and the furry gang can spend some more time together…even if it gets a little drooly on both ends.
Click on the photo for full recipe instructions!
Do you have a pet? What health benefits do you receive from your animal companion?
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