Does Having A Pet Increase Happiness?
A look at how our canine companions attribute to our well-being
Millions of us had pets in our homes growing up and millions others add pets to their home every day. Why are we so happy to add other species to the family and is it good for our general well-being?
Pets give us a source of peace and comfort
When it comes to unconditional love and support, there is nothing like the companionship of a dog. Maybe that's why 36% of households in America alone have one.
Dogs decrease heart disease and lower stress!
A study conducted by the Center For Disease Control (CDC) shows that owning a dog can lower both cholesterol and triglycerides! This means dog owners have lower risk of heart disease and increased chances of surviving a heart attack.
Another study done by the National Institute of Health (NIH) shows that people recover from high stress situations more quickly with their pet than their own human family. Spending time with your beloved pooch has even been shown to increase both serotonin and dopamine in the brain helping to relieve depression and anxiety.
Dogs connect you to a community of people
Whether going for a local walk, taking a trip to the park, pet store or training classes, or even when visiting the vet having and caring for a dog connects you to the world around you. As a dog walker you are bound to cross paths with others and stop for a chat. There are even many local dog forums and groups online that allow you to meet other like-minded people who share your passions. Dog lovers like us are everywhere!
Having a dog keeps you exercising
Taking your pup for a walk a few times a day not only allows them to exercise and engage with the world around them, it forces you to. This helps you to stick to a solid schedule and get some daily exercise, all while spending quality time with your furry friend.
Your dog is your sensei
Owning and caring for dogs have been shown to help people deal with stress better and were shown to have better self esteem. This is especially important for children as having a pet has shown to increase empathy in kids.
If you are as passionate about dogs as us but cannot afford the time or space to properly care for one, you can always volunteer to help out at a local dog shelter near you.
Click here to register to volunteer with the Animal Humane Society
Next time you take a moment to spend some quality puppy time, just remember they are saving your life more than you are saving theirs.