WHY Your Pet Really IS Your Best Friend
If you feel like your pet dog or cat is your best friend, you might be right.
In fact, science now agrees with you. Here’s the proof your pet truly IS your best friend:
Proof Your Pet Really IS Your Best Friend
If you love animals you already know it’s impossible to be in a bad mood when your loving pet dog looks at you with those soft brown eyes, or when your sweet pet cat rubs up against your leg.
Research agrees about the important mood-enhancing benefits of having a pet: A recent study of New York stockbrokers found that those who adopted a pet dog or cat soon had lower blood pressure and heart rates than a group of stockbrokers who failed to get a pet.
When thinking of ways to reduce stress, talking to a good friend often comes to mind. But there’s strong evidence that having a furry pet best friend can reduce the stress in your life even more.
Plus your pet will always be there for you in ways that other people can’t. Recent research shows that, when doing something stressful, people experienced far less stress when their pets were with them than when a supportive friend or a close mate was present.
The unconditional love and companionship offered by pets is also an excellent antidote to loneliness. Even a short visit by someone else’s pet can be beneficial. Research shows that nursing home residents feel less lonely after a visit by a dog or cat than when they spent time with other people.
So, should you get a pet?
There’s also strong pratical evidence that single children with pets have better social skills that kids without pets. But you probably already know that.
posted by Jill Ammon-Wexler