Many of us know the comfort associated with a pet being near. How a gentle purr can calm our nerves, running our hands over the soft fur of a puppy brings peace.
This is not just in our imaginations. It has been scientifically proven that animals have the power to improve our overall quality of life. Here are the top 4 ways they do just that:
Decrease stress – A study from the State University of New York noted that people experienced less stress when performing a task in the company of their pet than when a spouse, family or friend was close by
Lower blood pressure – Owning a pet has the potential to lower blood pressure. This finding is associated with the decreased level of stress people experience while being around their pet
Ease Pain – According to Mayo Clinic, pets have the power to help heal patients experiencing emotional or physical pain. Pet therapy or animal-assisted therapy is a growing field that uses dogs or other animals to help people recover and better cope with health problems
Improve mood – People who own a pet tend to be happier, more trusting and less lonely than those who do not. Pet owners are also less likely to visit the doctor for minor issues
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