Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

Life is full of ups and downs. We often experience spurts of stress for short and prolonged periods. We try to take care of our health and do the best we can on a daily basis keeping up with our busy routines and schedules. We also look for ways to relieve some of that stress in our lives – to experience a little more calm, a little more relaxation to keep our minds and spirits in good condition for all the activities and goals we need and would like to accomplish. A great stress reliever and a way to boost our health and spirits is having a pet. Pets are a great way to both experience health benefits for the body, mind and spirit.

Having a pet can help reduce the stress in your day, boost your mood and encourage a light-hearted spirit. A pet can help to combat loneliness, especially if you live by yourself. Coming home to an empty apartment after a hard day compared to coming home to a friendly and furry face can make a difference in your mood for the remainder of the evening. A pet is great companionship because they are often full of unconditional love. Spending time with a pet, playing or just relaxing, can help you elevate your mood and put smiles on both of your faces.

Having a pet, especially a dog, can also serve as a great motivator to exercise, which has been shown to reduce stress and improve mood. Because dogs require walks and runs, you have no choice but to participate. And while you are in the park,  you can both get some exercise playing fetch.

Not only can the ownership of a pet help you to boost your mood and spirit, according to a womensday.com article, owning a pet can help you socialize as well. Whether on a walk around the neighborhood or playing in the park, your precious pooch is often a great and easy conversation starter. You can also head to a dog park, where you can meet fellow pet owners.  And if you are looking for a date, having a pet could help, according to a webmd.com article. Remember the scene in “101 Dalmatians” where Pongo and Perdita met in the park and consequently their owners met and fell in love? That could potentially happen in real life as well.

These are just a few of the many benefits that pet ownership can serve in reducing stress in our jam-packed schedules and routines. Owning a pet is a big responsibility and a decision that should not be taken lightly. Here is a helpful article on what to think about before getting a dog.

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