4 REASONS WHY PET OWNERS ARE HEALTHIER
Have you heard stories of war victims being comforted by nurse dogs? How about heart attack patients who own pets live longer than those who don’t? Have you seen therapy dogs/cats going around the hospital wards bringing some joy to the patients? According to science, our cats and dogs can make us healthier, happier because they have the unique ability to affect our overall health and well being. Here are 4 reasons why pet owners are healthier, happier human beings
1. PETS HELP DEFEND AGAINST DEPRESSION
What is great about having a pet is that they are not like humans who can get tired of you, literally. Whether you get a cat or a dog, they will never leave your side even if you just want to shut off from the world. Your pet will wait for you to get through the storm, and even hold your hand to help you battle depression. Their presence and love will give you a reason to smile everyday.
2. PETS PUSH YOU TO HAVE AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE
Your pet, especially a dog, needs a lot of activities to keep him perky and happy throughout the day. You can expect to be pushed to embark on a daily exercise regime. Whether you go for a run, a little game of tug-of-war or just a stroll in your local park, you will have to get off the couch and head outside. It is not only a good time to bond with your pet, it is also great exercise.
3. PETS HELP WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES
The ownership of a pet, regardless of a dog or a cat, will help people suffering from intellectual disabilities. Pets love unconditionally and do not judge. Their presence brings about a sense of calmness and happiness. The ownership of a pet will give a responsibility and a purpose in life, which will help people of such intellectual disabilities greatly. One such lovely example is Iris Grace, a girl suffering from autism, and her pet cat, Thula.
Credit: Iris Grace FaceBook Page
4. PETS ARE SOCIAL MAGNETS
Have you brought your dog to the park for a walk and had people coming up to pet him, while striking up a conversation with you? How about posting a funny incident about your cat and had friends whom you have not spoken to for years, commenting on it? Bet you do. Yes, pets are social magnets and they help us to break down barriers between humans. They help us to connect with other people and helps us to widen our social circle.