Thursday, 13 July 2017

How your pets are helping you

Your pet is the heart of your household; you might think you’re doing a lot for them by feeding them, playing with them, and giving them a comfy place to sleep, but the truth is they are doing more for you than you realised. Sure, you already know that they’re giving you unconditional love, endless entertainment, and a reason to exercise, but there are few other benefits to having a pet. They can be frustrating sometimes, but the next time you lose your temper, remember that these are only some of the things your pets do for you.


They get you outside
Taking your pet for long walks works wonders on more than just your physical health; sunshine and fresh air elevate your mood and the sun gives you an extra dose of vitamin D, which helps you fight physical and mental conditions, including depression, cancer, obesity, and heart attacks. Not to mention the sheer joy you might feel playing with your hyperactive puppy and rewarding him with treats for dogs whenever he learns a new trick. The next time you’re feeling stressed, take your dog to the park or the woods, and listen to the sounds of nature while the sun shines on your face. You might feel a little more relaxed.

They’re company
Even most introverts don’t like being by themselves all the time. Pets are amazing company because they don’t judge, their love is unconditional, and they know when you need to be with someone. Often they will seek you out when you’re feeling down, refusing to allow you to remain alone. They’re also great listeners, so you can vent your worries and frustrations to someone who will listen impartially, and then give you a reassuring cuddle. Whether you’re going through a tough time, or you’ve just had a bad day, your beloved companions provide some quiet comfort to get you through the rough patch. Then they’re ready to cheer you up with their next bout of mischief.


They’re a reason to get up in the morning
Taking care of others can give everyone a sense of purpose, and no one needs more care than a pet. They rely on you to go and buy food, clean their bowls, and take them out for exercise. Research shows that pet owners are healthier and more motivated to recover after illness than non-pet owners because they have someone who needs them. More importantly, taking care of a pet teaches us to take care of ourselves; taking an interest in their diet and exercise encourages us to take an interest in our own health and wellbeing.

They make you smile
All your pets have to do is stare at you with their big soulful eyes and you melt a little. Even if they’ve been really naughty and made a mess all over the house, you usually let them off the hook because of those eyes. Also, more often than not you’re filming them as they get into mischief and laughing.

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