Want To Feel Awesome? Get a pet.Monday, August 10, 2015
|Me at age two.|
|The two cats that live with me right now. L to R: T-Money, Rex|
- The responsibility required by owning a pet (i.e. feeding regularly, walking, bathing, etc.) gives people purpose and can improve their sense of self-worth.
- Having to walk a dog regularly helps limit couch potato tendencies. And as I mentioned in this post, it improves mood and health!
- Besides behavioral changes, studies show that interacting with a pet reduces levels of harmful brain chemicals and raises good ones. People had the least amount of stress in stressful situations when they were with their pets!
- Even if it's not a pet, people who spend a short amount of time with a dog before upcoming operations experienced a 37% reduction in anxiety levels because the animal's presence helped distract them from their concerns. I bet this works even when you're not having an operation.
- Multiple studies have shown that pets are powerful at reducing stress, and even lowering blood pressure and stress hormones like cortisol. Cortisol is linked to depression and anxiety. Pets also can help elevate the good hormones like oxytocin that are connected to happiness and relaxation. Studies even show that after just five minutes with an animal, people experienced in increase in endorphins and dopamine!
- This isn't all limited to our furry friends. Watching a fish tank for 30 minutes lowers blood pressure. Observing an aquarium can even be more powerful than several meditative techniques.
- 97% of pet owners talk to their pets.
- Heart attack patients with dogs live longer than those without.
- Criminals in prison have even shown long-term changes in their behavior after hanging out with dogs. Many of them are experiencing mutual affection for the first time in their lives.
- Researchers at the University of California at Davis found that Alzheimer's patients have lower stress and less anxious episodes if there is a dog or cat in their house.
- After a 20 year study, it was found that people who never owned a cat were 40% more likely to die of a heart attack than those who had.