If you’re a pet owner, you know they are definitely part of the family. For many people, pets are an important source of love and friendship. Pets provide companionship and promote a general feeling of well-being. Pets can lessen the feelings of isolation and loneliness and provide a sense of purpose. Having to make the effort to care for a pet on a regular basis provides a feeling of fulfillment.
It is also a well-known fact that pets are good for our health.
There’s increasing scientific evidence that pets can help to keep us fit as well as help speed up recovery after major illness. A study at Cambridge University found that owning a pet produced improvements in general health in as little as one month. Stroking a pet or simply watching a fish swim in an aquarium helps us to relax. Indeed, the mere presence of a pet seems to have the same effect, reducing heart beat rate and lowering blood pressure.
Walking your dog is a healthy activity, and engaging in play with your pet stimulates your brain as well as theirs!
Pets offer a psychological and social boost to our lives. Children who own pets are often less self centered than those who do not. Owning a pet can teach a child about the responsibilities of life and mutual trust. By feeding and exercising a pet, children can also develop an understanding of daily care. Mentally challenged people were happier as a result of looking after a pet. Pets have been described as a social lubricant. Attending dog training classes, visiting the vet and walking in the park all provide opportunities to meet and talk to other people. Studies have shown that people walking a dog have far more positive encounters with others than those out walking alone, with the pet often providing a topic of conversation.
A number of owners also talk to their pets, which helps free bottled up emotions as well as fatigue. Pets can be a source of entertainment for individuals and for the whole family. It is enjoyable watching animals show off their distinctive behaviors as well as their usual antics.
Our physiology seems to be set in such a way that when we take time to enjoy nature and include the rest of the living world around us, there is a harmonious health effect. This is especially true of interaction with other animals. Pets provide us with loyalty, companionship, love and affection, as well as the many physical and psychological benefits.
Whether for comfort or companionship, health or hobby, pets brighten millions of people’s homes and lives. We invite our readers to post a comment about your pet and share with us why they are special. Let’s share this part of our families with each other and be proud!