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The Real Joy of the Human-Animal Bond
If it seems like pet owners are happier and healthier individuals, it’s because they are! Pets bring a lot of joy and affection to our lives, which contributes to overall mental and physical health. If you’ve been thinking about adopting a pet, just consider all the benefits that come with the human-animal bond.
A Healthy Lifestyle
Loving a pet – and committing to their health and wellness – are surefire ways to become healthier yourself. Not only does their constant companionship ease anxiety and depression, the human-animal bond also has the power to transform your lifestyle.
- Exercise – While physical activity definitely increases health and longevity, when you walk, run, hike, or play with your pet, the connection between you deepens. Plus, exercise keeps both of your muscles strong, hearts healthy, and brains happy.
- Social – Loneliness and isolation aren’t good for anyone, and a pet can help you make new friends more easily. Studies show that people without social support are more susceptible to disease. Luckily, pet owners are typically quick to discuss their furry pals, making introductions much more natural. You can also meet new friends at pet stores, training facilities, and local parks.
- Stress – Worry and anxiety are quickly quelled when stroking a lovable pet. You’ll feel calm and relaxed, and your blood pressure will lower. In fact, people with hypertension have drastically lower blood pressure within months of adopting a pet. Caring for another can also distract from personal worries and decrease stress as a result of elevated serotonin and dopamine levels. Let’s face it, pets live in the moment and can inspire you to do the same.
The Family Dynamic
To highlight the power of the human-animal bond, look no further than children. It’s no secret that kids love animals and crave spending time with a family pet. Growing up, animals add to one’s sense of security, provide unconditional friendship, and help develop self-esteem. When cultivated at an early age, the human-animal bond also helps build and strengthen relationships with other people. Having pets is linked to a lowered risk of allergies and asthma as well.
The Human-Animal Bond
Pet ownership is a big responsibility, so we acknowledge that it’s not for everyone. While much of the power of the human-animal bond comes from spending time together on a daily basis, you can still forgo adoption and reap the benefits in the following ways:
- Dog walking or pet sitting for friends or neighbors
- Volunteering at a local shelter or rescue
- Foster programs
- Therapy animal visits to hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and shelters
A Thousands Year Old Trend
The human-animal bond has been going strong for over 20,000 years. While modern cultures have different takes on domesticated animals, the Western Hemisphere gladly upholds the value of all pets. From cats and dogs to reptiles and birds, our team truly appreciates the power of the human-animal bond.
As always, please let us know if we can be of assistance to you or your pet.