Pets, they bring so much joy into our lives. They make us smile, they make us laugh and they comfort us in times of sorrow. They are, to put it in other words, our extended family. Here, we look at some benefits of keeping pets.
They boost your mood
Nothing compares to the feeling of coming home to a loyal companion. On an emotional level, pets play a huge part in lowering your anxiety and stress levels. Simple bonding activities like hugging your dog or cat after a bad day can help you release serotonin and dopamine, which are the ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters that help you feel calm and happy.
They can improve your immune system
Having a pet means welcoming all sorts of germs and dirt into your home. And that is not necessarily a bad idea though! In fact, the existence of some bacteria in your home can help strengthen your immune system and reduce allergies, especially in younger children.
They lower your feeling of loneliness
Living alone can leave you feeling really lonely – especially during festive seasons or moments when you have too much alone time! Interacting with pets and getting reactions such as the soft purring of a cat, a dog wagging its tail or a comical response from a chatty parrot, can help you forget about the loneliness.
They help you become more responsible
Having a pet is a lot of work. Like humans, domesticated animals have their own of regimen too such as their feeding schedules, health check-ups and regular grooming sessions. On top of that, they need constant care and attention from their owners too. The lifelong commitment to having pets ultimately makes one more responsible.
They encourage you to exercise more
Besides food, water and whole lot of love, pets require regular physical activity. It can be a long run or a brisk walk at the park with your dog. Not only do your pets make the perfect workout buddies, they also motivate you get out of bed in the morning.
Do you have pets? If you do, how have they impacted your life? And if you don’t have pets, perhaps it’s a good idea to head out to the pet store and get one.