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It may be cheesy, and it may be cliche, but it’s totally accurate to say that dog is man’s best friend. Only dog owners know how deep and meaningful the bond is between owner and pet. Our dogs are more responsive to our needs and sensitive to our emotions than our own spouses and children. Dogs can tell your every mood and act accordingly. No wonder our furry friends can cheer us up in even our worst moments.
Health researchers and psychologists have delved deep into studies on how our canine friends can help us lead a happier and healthier life. They not only reduce our stress, but also help us release the “happy hormone” which makes us more content with our lives.
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#7 Reduces stress.
Just petting a dog can have a calming effect on us and immediately reduce our stress levels. This happens because the hormone oxytocin is released, which naturally fights the hormones that cause stress. That’s why it’s common to see dogs are being used in airports, universities, and even nursing homes to help travelers, students, and patients calm down naturally, without medication.
#6 Lowers blood pressure.
Just looking at a dog can lower your blood pressure. And if you want to lower it further, just reach out and start petting a dog. High blood pressure is caused due to stress and petting a dog can lower the stress and consequently, the blood pressure.
#5 Healthier hearts.
The American Journal of Cardiology published a report which claimed that heart attack survivors with pet dogs tend to live for a year more than those who don’t own a dog. Other studies have revealed that married couples with a pet dog have healthier heart rates and blood pressure levels.
#4 Active lifestyle.
Owning a dog automatically forces you to adopt a more active lifestyle. When you take your dog out for a walk or a run, you’re also getting more exercise than if you didn’t own a dog. Consider it a built-in perk of being a dog owner. Obviously, the bigger and more athletic the dog, the greater the benefit to you.
A study conducted by Michigan State University researchers found that 60% of the respondents who took their dog out for regular exercise were getting the recommended amount of exercise themselves. So, a more active lifestyle translates into fewer chances of gaining weight and getting associated diseases.
#3 Lowers feelings of loneliness.
Owning a dog means not only feeding and petting them. You also interact and even talk to your dog. The best thing is that dogs also respond to your commands and even understands your different moods. This helps dog owners fight feelings of loneliness that can lead to depression. If you own a dog, chances are you’ll strike up a conversation with other dog owners, making it a more social experience.
#2 Funny moments.
Dogs are funny and are good for making us laugh. We’ve all seen pics on social media of hilarious dog moments. Whether they’re barking at their reflection in the mirror, or being terrorized by the cat, or skating on ice, or just being dopey, dogs have an uncanny ability to make us laugh. And as we all know, laughter is the best medicine.
#1 Fewer allergies.
Children who grow up in houses with dogs are likely to have less allergic reactions. Research has revealed that newborns are less prone to wheezing and skin allergies if they are born into homes with furry friends.
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