Did you know that having a pet can be good for your health? Research has shown that owning a pet can benefit your health and even improve the quality of your life. Sounds good, doesn't it?
Dogs can provide companionship, love and ... maybe even a reason to go for a walk. And that is always good for your heart.
- Companionship and friendship
- Unconditional love
- Lowers blood pressure
- Decreases anxiety
- Improves your immune system
- Increases levels of serotonin and dopamine (nerve transmitters that have calming and pleasurable properties)
- May even get you exercising (after all, if you own a dog ...they always want to go for a walk)
And did you think of this? Owning a pet is a great way to meet people. It's a great conversation starter and people seem to be more friendly. (If you're single, this might come in handy.)
Some hospitals have pet programs where volunteers take dogs to visit the patients. They always seem to brighten up, no matter how sick they may be.
Think about it; a big lick, a wagging tail, improved health and unconditional love.
Now, who can resist that?