7 Ways Pets are Good for Your HealthA pet can mean as much as a best friend or even a family member, so it’s little surprise that they can have a huge impact on your physical and mental health. Here are seven ways that your pet is taking care of you.
Dealing with depression
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Meaningful relationships have long been associated with good mental wellness, and those with pets surely fall into this category. Studies have shown that pet owners have greater self-esteem and are less lonely, less anxious, more physically fit, and more extroverted. This likely has something to do with the fact that there’s no better listener than your pet and they love you unconditionally. The role of a caregiver to a pet also gives an owner a special purpose, as well as the feeling of being needed – all of which are linked to better mental wellness.
Often, spending only 15 minutes with a dog, cat, or other animal is enough to help you feel calmer and more relaxed. This is because the brain decreases production of the stress hormone cortisol and ramps up production of serotonin, a hormone that helps you feel good.