Good for Your Heart, Mind, and Soul


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More and more research is show­ing that pets pro­vide their own­ers with phys­i­cal, psy­cho­log­i­cal, and emo­tional ben­e­fits.  Stud­ies sug­gest that pets not only quell the lone­li­ness and depres­sion of their own­ers, but that they also stim­u­late phys­i­cal health ben­e­fits like lower blood pres­sure.  The fol­low­ing video clips high­light some of the health ben­e­fits some pet own­ers may experience.

 

 

Just to throw down an excla­ma­tion point on what those clips had to say, here’s a list of phys­i­cal, emo­tional, and psy­cho­log­i­cal ben­e­fits report­edly enjoyed by pet owners:

 

Phys­i­cal

 

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cho­les­terol
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Less dif­fi­culty sleeping
  • Increased level of activ­ity and phys­i­cal fitness
  • Fewer strokes
  • Stronger bones
  • Longer life span

 

Emo­tional

 

  • Feel­ing of being needed
  • Strength in the face of bore­dom or adversity
  • Feel­ing of being loved
  • Com­fort dur­ing try­ing times
  • Instant mood lift

 

Psy­cho­log­i­cal

 

  • Bet­ter self-esteem
  • Less lone­li­ness
  • Less Fear
  • Closer rela­tion­ships with impor­tant peo­ple in pet owner’s life
  • Reduced anx­i­ety
  • Easy excuse for social interaction

 

This is just a par­tial list of ben­e­fits pets pro­vide to their own­ers.  With new infor­ma­tion com­ing out all the time, many more advan­tages to pet own­er­ship may yet be dis­cov­ered.  One thing is cer­tain: Pets undoubt­edly have a pos­i­tive impact on the phys­i­cal, emo­tional, and psy­cho­log­i­cal well being.