If you were looking for a compelling reason to bring a pet
home, this could be it. Science says pets are helpful for our health and happiness in a whole host of ways.
1. Pets help you stress less
Several studies have shown that owning a pet lowers our stress levels. Take for instance a 2012 study from University of New York. It found that people who completed tricky tasks with a pet close by were less stressed than people who had friends or family by their side.
Another US study, this time from Virginia Commonwealth University, revealed that people who took their dogs to work had a marked decrease in their stress levels – while one-fourth experienced greater productivity.
2. Pets boost our mental health
Cuddling our pets makes us feel good. Fact. And science has confirmed it. Spending time with a furry friend has been found to combat depression, anxiety, and loneliness. One study from Idaho State University measured a 60 percent decrease in negative feelings. Further studies found pets keep us happier and better able to deal with rejection.
3. Pets for pain relief
Much research has been conducted to see the positive effects of pets on pain relief and management. Researchers at Loyola University discovered that pet therapy when someone is recovering from surgery reduces the person’s dependence on pain medication.
4. Happy heart
Another major benefit of pet ownership is it could keep your ticker healthy. Several reputable, sizeable studies found that pet owners have lower blood pressure and heart rates, and a quicker recovery from stress. One interesting study even found that of 421 adults who’d had heart attacks, dog owners had a significantly higher chance of still being alive one year on, compared to people who didn't own a dog.