A pet fills up your life with joy and their unconditional love makes your life enjoyable. Pets give you a sense of security and a sense of purpose.1 A pet in your house can improve your health, they help decrease your blood pressure and cholesterol level, a pet in your house can also increase your chances for socialization and outdoor activities.2
Irrespective of the type of pet you choose, be it an adorable dog or a playful cat, you are bound to be benefitted in several ways.
Let us look at 5 ways pets are a blessing in your life:
1. You Live In The Moment
Are you spending your present thinking about the past? Well, your pet may help you get over it. A pet likes to live in the present moment, it will want to play and go out for walks and runs. With a pet by your side, you will no longer worry about the time that is gone. You will start getting a sense of responsibility and commitment, this, in turn, will make you a better person.
2. You Always Have A Companion
People who live by themselves return to an empty home, they may prepare food, watch some television shows and sleep. If you have a pet then you will be welcomed with lots of love and hugs once you return home.
A pet is an excellent companion for humans. They help you feel less lonely, they will love you unconditionally when you return home and they will always be by your side.
3. They Help You Become More Social
Yes, it’s true! Your chances of making friends increases if you own a pet.3 Your pet will most likely prefer living a routine life, so you will need to take it to parks and playgrounds for regular walks and play.
Your chances to socialize will increase as you start visiting pet stores, events for pets or even when you start interacting with other pet owners.
4. Your Health And Immunity Are Improved
Pets are not just a good companion, they can also become your health partner! Pets can considerably improve your cardiovascular health, they can also improve your heart rate and blood pressure level.4
Stress is the root cause for a lot of diseases. Pets can help you reduce the stress levels and maintain a healthy lifestyle.5 Pets are also known to improve the immunity system which can help you stay fitter and stronger.6
5. You Feel More Secure
They are alert and on their toes. Your pet may act as a deterrent for potential burglars. As a pet owner, you tend to feel more secure than the people with no pets.7 A well-trained pet may keep you safe indoor as well as outdoor.8
- Your body may be allergic to certain pet breeds, always consult your doctor before deciding to bring home a pet.
- Pets need regular care otherwise they may fall ill. Get your pet vaccinated on time and take them to a veterinary doctor for regular check-ups.
|↑1||The health benefits and risks of pet ownership. Harvard Health Publications.|
|↑2||Health Benefits of Pets. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.|
|↑3||McNicholas, June, and Glyn M. Collis. “Dogs as catalysts for social interactions: Robustness of the effect.” British Journal of Psychology 91, no. 1 (2000): 61-70.|
|↑4||Can Pets Help Keep You Healthy? National Institutes of Health (NIH).|
|↑5||7 ways pets improve your mental health. HealthDirect.|
|↑6||Charnetski, Carl J., Sandra Riggers, and Francis X. Brennan. “Effect of petting a dog on immune system function.” Psychological reports 95, no. 3_suppl (2004): 1087-1091.|
|↑7||McConnell, Allen R., Christina M. Brown, Tonya M. Shoda, Laura E. Stayton, and Colleen E. Martin. “Friends with benefits: on the positive consequences of pet ownership.” Journal of personality and social psychology 101, no. 6 (2011): 1239.|
|↑8||DOGS AND PERSONAL SECURITY: AN INTRODUCTORY GUIDE. NC State University.|