Watch this video to see how pets can help to boost your health.
Imagine having a bad day at the office, and when you return home you see how delighted your dogs are as they wag their tail because of your presence, surely it will lift your mood up. Or if ever you are in deep thought about how to address the problem of the new project that your boss just gave you, and your cat suddenly rubs its body on your legs claiming you as its master, you will realize how quickly your frustrations and anxiety just evaporated.
Such behavior from our pet animals will surely liven up our foul mood. Indeed, animals have this capability in giving immediate joys to their owners. It is not surprising that many families would want to own a dog or a cat, or any animals for that matter, just so their attention can be distracted from the many ‘stressors’ that they are facing each day.
Though it is known that animals provide joy to their owners, few owners realize that these animals provide therapeutic, if not physical or mental wellness, benefits. Just the pleasure of patting or snuggling your dog, or playing with your cat can actually improve your health. There are now numerous studies that try to correlate the health benefits of owning pets in achieving a healthy life. The human-animal bond goes to prove that it can decrease the owner’s chances of getting heart disease because animals serve as the pet owner’s immediate source of stress relief. Thus, the pet owner’s chances of longevity are markedly increased.
It is not surprising that many people claim that they are less likely to be depressed when they are with their pets. And the very same people who are experiencing less stress because they play with their pets are obviously less worn out with their daily lives, thus they do have blood pressure levels that are within the normal limits. This will tell you that they are definitely away from developing cardiovascular diseases in the near term. The simple act of petting your animals after a long day’s work is something that can alleviate stress and help you gain a sound mind and body.
When one has a pet, there is that euphoric feeling by just observing the cuddly animals, it doesn’t necessarily have to be observing your dogs run around the yard, or the cats play with the yarn; but pets such as fishes, or hamsters, or what not can also provide maximum health benefits just like what a dog or a cat can provide to its owner.
Theory has it that the reason why pets such as dogs or cats are good stress relief is that they serve as fulfillment of one basic need of a person, and that is to touch. The mere fact that you are cuddling, or stroking or playing with your pet can actually soothe your tense muscles and help you have that relax feeling. Pets also provide that sense of companionship, those who have pets feel less depressed and lonely. As such, they achieve a boost in their mood. Thus, it is not surprising why pet owners are more likely to live longer than their non-pet owner counterparts