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No matter how old you are, pets can make you a happier person. Our fuzzy friends bring joy and light to our lives. They give us a reason to get up and get moving, and we enjoy an unconditional love provided by them. They greet us at the door happy to see us no matter how our day was or what happened. Pets can bring happiness and a smile to you daily, and here’s why.
Pets provide a feeling of acceptance, which many people can struggle with in society. Often we may feel rejected or socially shunned, but pets help us conquer those fears by creating a healthy, happy and loving relationship.
Enjoy the Now
Pets help us to live for the moment. They take us out of the past and future where we might be occupied or stressed with, and help us to enjoy what is right in front of us. Pets help us appreciate the little things such as a walk in the park or a nap with a cuddle buddy.
Get Us to Socialize
Dog and cat owners alike can bond over the funny things their pet did or can talk about issues they might have. They help us emerge from our anti-social bubble and form bonds with other pet owners. Socializing with other people can lower stress and increase our levels of happiness.
They Reduce Stress
Stress is a daily obstacle for most (okay, maybe all) of us. Pets help increase levels of oxytocin, which decreases our stress levels. These hormones stabilize or reduce the amount of cortisol, which is what makes us feel stressed. Simply petting or spending time with a pet can help these hormones balance out, and you will feel less stressed.
They Help with Recovery
Dogs and pets can help people recover from psychological trauma. Post-traumatic stress disorder is one that dogs can commonly assist. Just being around a friendly dog can ease stress and anxiousness and help a person improve mentally. Dogs help remove negativity and instead shine a positive light people’s lives.
They Provide Companionship
Pets give us something to look forward to. They need our care and love, and in return, they provide loving companionship. Just looking at your pet can increase levels of the “love hormone.” They are excellent listeners and they will still love us and be our friend, no matter what.
Pets are amazing benefits to any human’s life. There are so many breeds and sizes to choose from so there is a special pet just for you. People that have pets are more likely to live longer and are happier people (hint hint). To them you are everything that is right in the world, and that unconditional love can make anyone feel better and happier.
Why do you think pets make you happier?