“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” – Ben Williams

Anybody who has a pet knows how they are capable of consoling you at your lowest time and cheer with you when you are at your best. Pets are our loyal friends. If you show and give them love, they will love you in return. The following are just some of the benefits of pets can bring.

Mood elevators. Our pets serve as mood elevators. Their presence contributes to the reduction of loneliness. Nine-five percent of dog owners share that their dogs help them when they are sad. Almost the same number also says that their dogs help them when they are feeling bad physically. They also reduce the amount of stress in a person’s life because they encourage playfulness and promote laughter. In general, senior citizens can more likely bear to stand the isolation if they have a pet compared to those who do not own one.

Increase social connections. Studies reveal that by walking a dog, the owner can mostly have a greater chance of striking a conversation with other people than those who do not have a pet. Pet owners develop their self-confidence and later on become comfortable talking to others. Their pets help them ease out of social isolation and shyness. The person with a pet can look at another person straight in the eye with confidence and can engage in conversation.

Helps recover from illness faster. Studies found that senior citizens in hospitals are more likely to respond positively to treatment and recover faster if they come in contact with a dog or any therapy animal. Research even shows that pets can contribute to the higher survival rate of people with serious ailments than the presence of their family and friends.

Having a pet can give you a lot of health benefits. Pets do not just bring pleasure and joy to your life but they can also help you improve your health.

Source by Kirsten Soh