It's National Pet Day! Every loves pets (mostly), and for good reason! Our furry, feathery, or even scaly friends keep us company and bring love and joy to our lives.
But did you know that having a pet is actually beneficial to your health? That's right. There have been many studies done over the years that show clear benefits from pet ownership, from physical health to mood boosting. Today is a day to celebrate our companions, and what better way to do that than share how they can better our lives?
In an article by Forbes the author discusses data and statistics from the CDC showcasing many of the ways that pets benefit us in our daily lives:
1. Increased Physical Activity from frequent trips outside, walks with your animal, or just playing with them at home or at the park.
2. Lower Stress and Anxiety levels from cuddles, physical activity (see above), and laughter caused by the release of endorphins such as oxytocin!
3. Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol as well as triglycerides, which is incredibly beneficial for those that suffer from hypertension or may have a family history of heart complications.
4. Improved Discipline developed from the consistent care that pets require. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that teens with diabetes were more active in managing their disease if they were also put in charge of caring for a pet vs. teenagers that did not have a pet to care for.
5. Increased Happiness and Decreased Depression stemming from a sense of purpose given to us by our pets, as well as the affection that they provide. They also help with feelings of loneliness, which could be incredibly helpful for those with a remote position or a single living situation.
The rest of the Forbes article includes a huge amount of information that demonstrates the benefits of having a pet. Read here for m