It seems everyone has a pet these days. Whether it's a dog, a cat, or even a fish, people seem to gravitate towards keeping and caring for furry (or scaly) friends. And no wonder; it is believed that having a pet can do wonders for your well-being. So here are just a few of the many benefits of owning pets.
There is no doubt that having a pet would mean less stress. Pets are known to have a relaxing effect on humans and have even been shown to lower blood pressure. This should come as no surprise as emotional support animals are becoming more common and accepted especially on flights for passengers who have a fear of flying.
Keeping pets can also help with improving your mental well-being. Studies show having pets can aid in many aspects of a person's mental state from self-esteem to curbing loneliness. Web MD even says that pets can help with sadness and depression.
There are those who argue that patients who suffer from chronic painful diseases like migraines or even arthritis may benefit from reduced pain levels when they keep pets. Having pets tends to relax the body and in many cases help to alleviate pain. Pet therapy is becoming a popular option within alternative methods of pain management.
Certain studies show that children who are around pets when they're growing up are more likely to have stronger immune systems. So if you had pets growing up, you may find that you don't get ill as often as your friends who grew up petless!
Effective child development
Numerous studies have shown that bringing children up with pets can not only help to improve their immune systems but can aid in their overall development. Pets can teach children a number of important life lessons from unconditional love, empathy, and loyalty to overcoming fears and learning nonverbal communication.
So whether you own a pet merely for fun or you're looking to benefit from the laundry list of mental and physical health benefits, you can't go wrong. That is, as long as you're not allergic and have the time and means necessary to care for your pet. Owning an animal is a big responsibility and should be taken very seriously. Having said that, it can be one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do for yourself and your family.
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