Feeling down? Try adopting an animal! Animal ownership is proven to be one of the best ways to increase your overall happiness level. Imagine if someone were to knock on your door at this moment and pass you a basket with a small puppy in it. Resistance would certainly be futile, and that’s probably a good thing, because puppies and kittens and lizards and even the humble hamster can do wonderful things for us human beings.
This article will cover just how amazing pet ownership can be for your health.
Help you Relax
While human friends provide great social support and come with some fabulous benefits, research shows that, unless you’re someone who really dislikes animals or is absolutely too busy to care for one properly, pets can provide excellent social support and stress relief. In fact often times, pet companionship is more beneficial for your stress levels than human companionship.
Warm your Heart
As the sayings goes, “laughter is an instant vacation”. Luckily for pet owners, animals provide endless amusement. A cat might make you giggle as it tries to fit itself in a box that is three times too small for it. A dog might leave you in stitches as it fetches a ball with unbound glee. A lizard may make your laugh as it sun tans under a warm light. We could go on, and on…
Improve your Communication
A pet cannot speak to you, at least not in your native language. But a pet can communicate with you, using body language and facial expressions, and research shows that pet owners who regularly read their pet’s emotions and desires become better at understanding what their fellow humans are really trying to say.
If you feel lonely at times, a pet can make you feel like you always have someone at your side, someone who loves you unconditionally. This is not a small thing.
If you take anything from this article, remember the wonderful things that pets can do for you. But! We can, and have the responsibility, to in turn do wonderful things for them. If you’d like to have a pet in your life, contact your local SPCA and ask them to advise you on what kind of pet might thrive in your physical space and enjoy your lifestyle.
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