The Ways That Dogs Make Us Happier

Monday, May 14, 2018

Ever since we got Jenny last year, I've realized how incredibly uplifting her constant positive energy can be. She adds all those happy vibes to our days and her tail never quits.

Anyway, recently a few friends told me that I look happier and just generally more relaxed since Jenny come along. So I started to read up on the benefits that come from owning a pet and to my surprise, I realized how good they really are not only for our psyche, but also for our overall well-being.

Here are a few examples:

- A study published in Scientific Reports shows that owning a dog reduces our risk of cardiovascular disease and death. Researchers found, after looking at data from over 3 million people, that the increased social support and physical activity that comes from having a dog lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease by 11% and death from any cause by 15%.

- They help us make friends. Taking your dog out in public is a great icebreaker - a study by Britain's Warwick University found that 40 percent of people reported making friends much easier because of their dog.

- They boost our mood. Towards the end of the work day all you can think about is going home to your patiently waiting pup. It's because they are basically the best stress buster ever. Petting a dog can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol. Researchers found that patients with high blood pressure who also had pets could keep their blood pressure lower during times of mental stress than patients without a pet.

So, here it is...Do you have a dog? Tell me all about her/him:)

P.S: Fancy more?
P.P.S: A little reminder.

(Top photo via A Well Traveled Woman. Tips via Apartment Therapy and The Loop)


Anonymous said...

i have 2, chocolate labrador, suzy and a boston terrier, jeff. they are the best ever.

Anonymous said...

I can only agree with you Diana. We have a dachshund for akrraal 14 years, and his good mood and unexpected behaviour is such a good thing!!
Also it is good to realise the beauty of all living things. I love my pooch!
Thanks for this super interesting post!

Lila said...

Our puppy (actually 12 years old) rules our home. We just appreciate her love so much that we do whatever we can to make her happy too.

Lydia said...

we have unending love for our dog, now 18. it's hard to remember what life was like before her.

"me" said...

My Frenchy is a bit of a grump most of the time but that sure doesn't stop him from showering me with wiggles and kisses when I walk through the door.. :D

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