Top 5 Reasons why Pet Owners are Happier

Owning a lively pet may sometimes prove exasperating, but it appears all the effort is worth it. Pet owners are healthier, have greater self-esteem and are less lonely than those who don’t have animals at home, according to a study. Following are the top 5 reasons why pet owners are happier:

  1. People who live with pets are better in social interactions:

Activities like taking your dog for walks often gets you outside and this increases in your social interactions, thus making us feel less lonely. Not only this but pet owners often create social groups to discuss pet related issues. To add up to this, pets often provide a sense of purpose and a routine to our lives.

2. Having a pet can help keep your blood pressure under control.

Most of us are cuddled up with our pet while relaxing or watching TV. Petting your cat or dog helps your body release a relaxation hormone and cuts down on levels of a stress hormone, which can lower your blood pressure. Pet owners have lower blood pressure and lower heart rates during rest than non-pet owners. Petting a dog has also been shown to lower blood pressure in children with hypertension.

3. Animals can help you develop immunity to asthma and allergies.

Interestingly, studies have found that animals, specifically cats in the home, can help human develop immunity to asthma and other allergies. Some studies show that babies raised in families that have pets may be less likely to get allergies and asthma. They also have fewer colds and ear infections during their first year than babies living in pet-free homes.

4. Pets can help ward off depression.

These days, if you seek treatment for depression, your therapists may well prescribe, a pet. They can help one deal with and even recover from depression. Those of us with pets know no one who loves you more than your pet. Whatever mood you’re in, whether you got a promotion or a pink slip, your pet is there for you. Pets also help to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression in the chronically ill.

5. Pets encourage you to stay active.

Taking a dog out for a walk or playing with your cat at home has proven to be the best exercise for us as well as them. It increases your activity level and also helps you to ward off against obesity, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Your pet’s health will keep you motivated to stay active without taking a break.

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