We might think our pets are the only ones benefiting from the companionship we share with them. We take care of them, feed them, play with them, give them belly rubs, and just our simple presence gives them what feels like a lifetime of happiness! Well, we might not think of it that much, but we benefit A LOT from them, too! Here are ways a Pet can change your life:
1.Releases Oxytocin:Making You Feel Happier and Optimistic
Pets undeniably and in fact make us feel happier! There are a lot of studies showing that our oxytocin level rises when we make eye contact with our pet. Oxytocins are also known as “the cuddle hormones”. A scientific study explains how these hormones are released by just gazing with our closest animal companion.
2.You Will Learn How to Love Unconditionally
No matter how rowdy, noisy, messy they get… and no matter how tiring it is sometimes to discipline and take care of them, our love for our pets are just pure and genuine. The bond we share with them is just simply priceless.
3.Help Reduce Allergies
There are studies suggesting that being exposed to a pet early in life reduces the risk of animal allergies later on. Which is contrary to the common belief that a pet animal causes a development of allergies. And just to mention, did you know dogs can also be trained to detect minute traces of peanuts? This is especially beneficial to people with severe peanut allergies – but training them may cost up to thousands.
4.Provides Warmth and Better Sleep
Studies show that pet owners who let their pet sleep beside them at night, have better sleeps – leading to a better mood. Having an animal beside us make us feel more secure and safe, which may also explain why we feel better sleeping near them. Cuddling with them also provides a warm sense of love and comfort – caused by the release of oxytocin (explained in number 1)
5.Lowers Blood Pressure
Research shows, and it is clinically proven, that pets can lower your blood pressure. Do you notice you feel more calm and relaxed when you pet your dog? That’s the effect of touching or talking to them – it decreases our heart rate causing us to feel that way. This also releases relaxation hormones and decreases our level of stress hormones. Another great thing is we aren’t just the ones benefiting from petting them, our dogs, in turn, feel soothed.
6.Teaches You Responsibility
Tending to the needs of another living being makes us more responsible, whether we see it or not. When we care for a dog we automatically have roles and tasks we swear to do for the sake of our pet. From feeding them, making sure they have water, grooming, training, and giving them their required daily dose of exercise. A higher responsibility is ensuring they get their medical treatment when needed while not having to put yourself in a financial risk by having your pet insured. The things we do for them teaches us commitment and consistency which in turn builds our self-esteem.
7.Gives Us a Sense of Purpose
Owning a dog gives us a reason to get out of bed – this especially helps people suffering from depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Dogs are in need of someone to feed them, give them a bath, play with them, and more. They depend on us and knowing this pushes us to do more out of the normal just for them. Taking care of a dog requires us to create and follow a structure of routine for their sake, which is beneficial for the pet parent.
8.Makes You Active and Healthier
Commonly, dogs and cats love to play and run around! Simply playing with them makes us exercise, gets us moving and raises our heartbeat. They are also required to exercise – which means a walk in the park for the dogs! Or for more active dog owners, they can go from running to doing extreme sports together.
Keeping up with the playfulness of your pet will give benefits to the both of you. It will make you both more healthy. And did I mention getting outside exposes you to the sun and increases your Vitamin D intake? Another good thing is exercise releases endorphins which are the happy hormones!
9.Helps Battle Depression
There are a lot of proven studies showing that being with your pet has positive effects on your endocrine response. They help in boosting the so-called “feel-good hormones” which are cortisol, epinephrine, oxytocin, and norepinephrine – which all reduces stress. Pets also provide their owners a strong sense of self-esteem, purpose, and belonging. In addition, pets, particularly dogs, can sense if you’re having a bad day and this calls for their duty of cuddling and staying close to you.
10.Helps You Make Friends
Pets can actually improve our relationship with people and draw others to us. They are good conversation starters and can automatically attract other pet lovers! Just by walking in the park, you’ll find other people or co-dog owners smiling back at you, and they may even strike a conversation with you!
Owning a Pet can have a big impact in our life. Just like them, we need to feel that daily dose of genuine love. And our pets can definitely give that to us unconditionally and even more than what we expected! And if you don’t own a pet yet and are still planning to, it may seem intimidating at first. But I assure you, once you get to feel their genuine touch and love, they’ll most likely be one of the best things that have happened to you.