Monday, January 12, 2015

Forbes Living and Why We Need Pets in Our Lives

Stress Buster

Pets bring more to our lives than just happiness. They bring peace of mind, security and improve our health. Forbes Living shares why we need pets in our lives.

A warm, purring cat on your lap can lower stress and blood pressure. The companionship of a dog can ease loneliness. Watching a fish swim relaxes the mind. Those are just the three most popular pets in the country.  Imagine what an iguana can do.  Researchers now have proof that our pets affect our health. In fact, the experts found that pets profoundly change the biochemistry of our brain.

Researchers in South Africa found that when people stroked and spoke to their dogs, it doubled the level of oxytocin in the blood. Oxytocin increases maternal instincts. The activity with pets also raised levels of beta endorphins, the natural painkillers runners crave, and dopamine – known as the “reward” hormone.  To add more credence that pets are great for everyone’s health – serotonin levels raise to healthy levels when pets are around and we interact with them.  

It is easy for us to understand why pet therapy dogs and pet assisting dogs, as well as other pets, can be a panacea for those who manage chronic health and mental conditions daily.  Forbes Living suggests adopting a pet from an animal shelter. The rewards for the animal and the owner double and it’s good for everyone.

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