As someone who lives with and works with a dog how could I not put this article out?
We have a lot of understanding why having a pet in your life has positive health benefits. We know for example dog owners tend to live 4 1/2 years longer than non-dog owners.
However let’s be clear. It’s perfectly possible to have an animal in your life and not get the benefits. If you bring a pet into your home, and feel resentful it is a burden and don’t engage with it then clearly you’re not going to get the benefits. A good guiding principle can be if both of you and the animal are not benefiting then it’s not likely to work for you.
Here’s a collection of reasons why it is beneficial.
Researchers just discovered a simple way to fight obesity, heart disease, and mental illness – by giving people puppies. That may sound barking mad. But a new round of medical research shows that dogs, cats, and other four-legged friends can significantly boost people’s physical and mental health – to the point where interacting with pets can actually be an effective form of therapy.