Adopt a pet and reap these awesome benefits
Have you always wanted to have a furry baby at home, but delayed getting one? Or are you having second thoughts about parenting pets for all the work and cleaning that might be needed? Before you finally settle for no pets in fear of losing them or putting up with fur everywhere, here's how these balls of positive energy can be beneficial for you.
Having a pet decreases your risk of developing high blood pressure, and keeps your cholesterol and triglyceride levels in check. Since your pet needs to play and run around you end up taking them out on walks and getting some exercise yourself. Older adults with pets make 30 percent fewer visits to doctors than those without pets, say studies.
Loneliness or anxiety can lessen when there's a pet around the house. Staying all by themselves can be tough for some and so having a pet or two around to talk to, scold or laugh with is very fulfilling. Those dealing with symptoms of PTSD benefit from having pets, studies have shown. Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression, revealed studies.
While you don't need to be a social butterfly, we are social beings and we need to be in touch with society. Walking your dog or taking your cat to the vet increases your social interactions. You get to interact with more people on the way who admire your pet, or meet and talk to other pet parents. Pets also make you feel safe.
Playing with pets can raise your serotonin and dopamine levels, which help in calming and relaxing you. Stroking, or touching a friendly animal can promptly comfort you in tough times. One of the explanations for these satisfying effects of having pets is that they fulfill the basic human requirement for touch. Pets are mostly always ready for cuddles, and who wouldn't want that?
Since pets spend a lot of time outdoor, they bring home a lot of germs and bacteria. Just like children playing outdoors, in the mud and sand develop a better immune system, your pets help you improve your immunity to mild illnesses, thanks to the germs they bring in. Studies have revealed that children who have dogs are usually in better health than others.