If you have ever owned a pet, you are probably already aware of how much fun and joy they bring to the home. We make sure that we do whatever we can to take good care of our pets, but did you know that our pets also take good care of us? Besides the smiles and affection that they bring, animals have also been shown to lower stress levels, depression, anxiety, improve your cardiovascular health and may even help you live longer.
Studies have shown that pet owners tend to fare better than non-pet owners. Lead researcher of the American Psychological Association, Allen R McConnell, has noted that pet owners ‘had greater self-esteem, were more physically fit, tended to be less lonely, were more conscientious, were more extroverted, tended to be less fearful and tended to be less preoccupied than non-owners.'
Pets are uncomplicated – they love you unconditionally, with no alternate agendas of their own. You can’t lie to a dog! They do not understand our verbal language, instead reading us at a fundamental level of energy and emotional state. They know when you are feeling down or upset from reading the negative energy you project.
Dogs behave best when they are exposed to your calm, positive energy. If you are stressed, your negative energy will result in your dog responding less to your commands. So in order to better lead your pet, you will most likely become more aware of your emotional state and learn to have better control of your emotions. As you spend more time with your pet, you will see that you have become more calm and positive.
Perhaps even just the presence of pets can make a difference. Studies have indicated that merely watching fish lowers blood pressure and anxiety, and can provide a significant increase in relaxation. It has also been found that patients recovering from heart attacks recover quicker and live longer if they are exposed to house pets.
The next time you come across an animal shelter, perhaps consider adopting a furry friend that has stolen your heart. It may be able to help you more than you think!