If the saying “man’s best friend” implies that pets can’t also be “woman’s best friend,” we totally disagree. In fact, pets have proven to be beneficial to their owners in many of the same ways friends are. So if you need a pick-me-up and your vinas are busy and your S.O. isn’t replying, don’t fret; look to your pet.
PETS CAN BOOST YOUR SELF ESTEEM.
According to a study published by the American Psychological Association, pet owners generally reported having higher self-esteem than non-owners. The explanation behind this is that pets who have a close relationship with their owners provide them “social support” in the same way human friends do.
PETS CAN REDUCE STRESS.
Petting animals slows our heart rate, regulates our breathing, and relaxes our muscles. Plus, merely playing with your pup can reduce stress-related hormones at a faster rate than most medicines. Who needs a prescription when you’ve got a pup?!
PETS CAN KEEP YOU FROM FEELING LONELY.
Whether it’s from humans or animals, companionship is companionship. Taking care of a pet can help satisfy our human desire to feel needed and wanted. Not only that, but pets can help you pick up pals. Aside from the strangers on the street looking for some doggie smooches, pets can also introduce you to new friends via training classes, dog parks and online pet communities.
PETS CAN HELP YOU GET IN SHAPE.
Yeah, your pet probably won’t go to that hot yoga class with you, but they’ll certainly get you up and moving. Pet owners reportedly have lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well as a decreased risk for cardiac issues based on the active lifestyle that comes along with having a furry friend. Grab a leash, and hit the streets!
How do your pets perk you up? Let us know in the comments!
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