How do Pets improve your Mood and make you Feel Happy

How do Pets improve your Mood and make you Feel Happy

Happiness comes in many forms – books, your favorite food, the person you love or even a cup of tea! And one of the biggest forms it can come in is a pet. And it does not matter what ‘form’ the pet takes for people can love almost any animal:

  • Dog.
  • Cat.
  • Guinea pig.
  • Birds.
  • Fish.
  • Reptiles and so on.

There are so many ways in which pets improve your mood and make you feel happy.

Better fitness

Studies have found that people who have dogs in their lives are fitter than non-dog people! There is very simple logic behind this finding – if you have a dog, you have to take him or her out for a walk isn’t it? By default you get fitter too. Activity levels go up because there is play time involved. And if there is one thing that can take you back to your childhood it is playing with a ball or a Frisbee and your pet.

You develop empathy

There is a lot of nurturing involved when it comes to a pet. Since they do not speak ‘our language’ you need to be attentive to their body language and even develop an almost telepathic connection to their lives. Whether it is to do with their everyday comfort or taking care of them when they are unwell – you need to go above and beyond and this leads to empathy that translates rather easily into your daily life as well.

Lower stress levels

Pets go a long way in lowering stress levels. The simple act of grooming them and watching them enjoy it as well goes a long way in calming you down. A cat purring loudly when she is being groomed is just the right way to de-stress and forget about the clamoring world outside.

Bodies such as the following have done studies on this:

  • CDC or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • NIH or National Institutes of Health.
  • American Heart Association.
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and many others.

Studies have found that pets:

  • Help people to heal – mentally and physically.
  • Reduce cardiovascular disease factors.
  • Lower bad cholesterol.
  • Reduce depression.
  • Elevate dopamine and serotonin that are calming to the body and mind.

Perhaps the many benefits of pets have also been the major cause of the rise in pet adoptions. But keeping your pet healthy is getting more expensive. In fact, according to the American Veterinary Association, pet medical costs will rise 10% annually for years to come. According to Dr. Pippa Elliot of Pet Insurance U, the largest Pet Insurance resource online, insured pets enjoy longer, healthier lives than the uninsured cohorts.

Social lives

Pet owners also have better social lives. How many times have you stopped to talk to a dog owner simply because you loved the way the dog looked? There is something about having a pet that fosters almost immediate connections with other pet owners or animal lovers. Walk your dog or play with your cat and you will find complete strangers smiling at you or wanting to pet your dog. At the end of even a few minutes of such a conversation, you do feel less isolated from the society at large and that is one of the best ways to improve your mood.

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  1. Sims says:

    Very true. We are pet lovers, but lot of constraints like we are a couple both working, thinking about the pets boredom we do not plan to adopt a pet.

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