If you are sick in bed, head throbbing, sinuses swollen, feeling icky, then a loving snuggly dog to lay with you and let you run your hand on their smooth fur or rub the soft part of their ear can make you feel calm, loving, and less stressful. Some think that stress is the root cause of all illness and disease so the fact that pets can lower the stress hormone, cortisol, means that pets can actually help you recover faster.
Here are some key ways animals improve our health:
- They force us to be more active simply by taking care of them. Even more if we take them for walks and to the park!
- They are funny. And laughter is the best medicine!
- They offer companionship. They are there to talk to and we can tell them anything, judgment free!
- They can help us meet other humans if we take them to dog parks and pet events! And meeting other humans can help improve your feeling of belonging.
There are many other ways pets improve our mood and health!