From hospitals to physical therapy centers, pets are used to cheer people up all the time. They bring smiles to the elderly and terminally ill, and their soft fur is full of warmth and love. From miniature ponies and rabbits, to dogs and cats, all sorts of animals are used as therapy pets, and for good reason.
Does anything make you happier, or smile quicker, than walking in the door to find your dog wagging his whole body at you, thrilled that you are home?
Help With Stress Relief
While an untrained pet could add some stress to your life, for the most part pets help reduce your stress. They show you unconditional love and they are there for you in your time of need, without any words spoken. Their soft fur is like a caress to your heart, and the soothing purrs of a cat can lull you into relaxation in no time.
Having a bad day? Lay down and let your dog snuggle with you. Pet your cat. Enjoy the feel of the soft fur of your pet rabbit. Talk to them and know you’re not getting judged.
Pets do something else amazing, aside from reducing stress. They teach responsibility. When you learn to be responsible for a pet you also learn how to be more responsible in your own life.
Dog owners need to take their dogs on regular walks, which adds to the amount of exercise you will be getting for yourself. You can even do yoga with your dog or your cat, making it fun to try a new form of exercise and relaxation.
Not only might your pet inspire you in fitness, but they also give you more companionship in your life. Even when you’re alone you’re never really alone. Your pet will listen to you when you talk, and won’t give you useless advice back or interrupt you while you are talking. They’ll cuddle with you when tears are falling and they’ll happily jump around and wag tails with you when you are happy.
Sometimes all you ever need in your life is just someone that understands and listens without judgement, and pets can really do that for you. Having that can make your heart happier and healthier, and it can even do wonders for your brain and your intelligence.
Pet ownership is an amazing thing, and definitely leads to a healthier life in so many ways. However, being a pet owner isn’t always easy and it isn’t always fun. Pets need veterinary care, and routine checkups like deworming and nail maintenance, which can get expensive, and they need your constant love and devotion. If you don’t have that to give then you may want to find your health benefits in something like art or music.