Health boosting benefits of having a dog
We all know the immediate joys and happiness that come along with having a pet, but recent studies have begun to explore the deeper benefits of the human-dog bond. Dogs are able to understand words we use but are even better at interpreting our body language and tone of voice.
Not only is having a dog good for physical health, but can also reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and ease loneliness.
The companionship of a dog can comfort you and help ease anxiety. Dogs live in the moment, not worrying about the past or future, which may help you be more mindful and appreciate the present moment.
Physical touch and movement are two ways to quickly manage stress. Petting a dog can lower blood pressure and help you quickly calm down and feel less stressed.
Multiple studies have shown that dog owners are far more likely to meet their daily exercise requirements. Having a dog will increase your chances of going on a walk, run, or hike. Not only is it great for the animal, but great for you as well.
Pets are a great social topic. Dog owners frequently stop and talk to each other on walks or at the dog park, which leads to maintaining new friendships.
Isolation and loneliness can trigger symptoms of depression, while companionship can help to prevent illness and even add years to your life. Most dog owners talk to their dog and use them to work through their problems, helping take away focus from their troubles. Nothing beats a bad day like coming home to a wagging tail!
The benefits of owning a dog continue, including heart health, easing of Alzheimer’s symptoms, structure and routine, responsibility, and much more. Ultimately, having a dog by your side can bring a sense of happiness and purpose, making every day a bit brighter and more fulfilling.