The Health Benefits Of Pets
If you're already a pet owner, you know how much they have improved your life. I can tell you that my mood instantly brightens the moment I come home to find my dog happy to see me. It's an almost indescribable feeling of joy I get that improves my overall well-being.
If you don't currently own a pet, then an article titled, "5 ways pets benefit your health," on CNN.com, just might change your mind. In it, the author accurately describes pets as shoulder to cry on, an alarm clock, an exercise partner, and a true member of the family. In the article, there are numerous links and facts about the health benefits of pet ownership, but one thing that may surprise you is that there is more than 25 years of research that proves this.
Some of the health benefits are that by owning and walking a dog, it helps people get exercise when they might not have otherwise. Walking a dog also makes a person more social in that they usually interact with neighbors or other pet owners along the way. Pets also provide 24/7 stress reduction. Somehow, pets just seem to know when we need them and they unconditionally give us an emotional boost and a feeling that everything is going to be okay. Plus, all this exercise and reduction in stress equals a healthier heart. Finally, if your family had pets when you were growing up and as an adult you don't have any allergies, you may have your pets to thank for that. A study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that children who were exposed to pet dander saw a reduction in allergy development.
With all these studies, there's no denying that pet ownership has tremendous health benefits. If you're a pet owner, you probably already know this. If you don't own a pet, the only question now is when are you going to get one?