Can Pets Increase your Happiness?

After a long day at work, especially one that hasn’t gone well, it is nice to come home to a smiling face. For those of you that have pets you know that feeling. Your furry friend has been waiting all day to see you and they are ecstatic when you come home. What a great feeling that is! Of course you feel happy at this moment, but did you know that owning pets can increase your overall happiness and health!?

It’s true! More and more research is finding out that pet owners, for the most part, report an overall increase of happiness in their lives.

Here is what the research is showing us:

  • Pet owners tend to be more active because they play with their animals. Going for walks or even some playing time outside can increase movement.
  • According to a study published by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, adults with pets were able to cope from difficult situations and even handle rejection better. In children they found that a pet can help them develop empathy and understanding for others.
  • Pets can provide you with unconditional love and a sense of belonging.
  • Pets actually alter brain chemistry by decreasing cortisol, a hormone related to stress, and simultaneously increasing serotonin, a source of mood enhancement.
  • Hospitals have started using pets as a part of recovery for patients. There has been an increase in recovery when patients were visited by an animal for 1 hour.

Pretty awesome stuff. If you didn’t already love your pet before, now you should give them some extra treats or belly rubs.

Also, since our pets give us so much you should make sure you are giving them the best care possible and help them be as healthy as possible. Make sure they are having regular checkups and are given proper nutrition. Sometimes we need to make sure they are not getting into things that are dangerous for them. Some common house plants can make them very sick. For a list of these dangerous plants read our article on plants that can be dangerous:

https://wholepetwellness.com/protecting-your-pets-from-dangerous-plants/

Pets are a great way to lower your stress and feel a real connection. If you are not able to own a pet, volunteering at a local animal rescue center is a great way to interact with a furry friend. You give love to animals searching for a home and in return you get to feel the positive impact a pet can have on your happiness. Hopefully this information gives you an even deeper appreciation for your pet.

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