A dog, a cat or a fish. Whatever it is, a pet helps you feel happier and healthier.
Just half an hour playing with a dog, your mind starts to release hormones associated with happiness. And nobody will welcome you with so much joy to come home!
Spending five minutes with a dog can decrease levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. The effect is so pronounced that in one study, participants acknowledged that they relaxed more with their pets than with your partner.
Some research suggests that being in the company of animals can relieve pain.
Some breeds of dog, especially larger, they require long and active walks. It is no wonder that the people who take a walk are active and healthier.
You’ll notice that when you take your dog for a walk, it is easier to make conversation with other people or stranger.
Watching a fish in the fish tank can decrease heart rate and blood pressure.
If you share your life and your space with a pet you may need to go to the doctor less often and have a healthier heart. One study found that cat owners were less likely to die of heart disease than those who live without them.