There are many health benefits to pets. They’re sort of like Furry Therapy.Petting a pet has consistently been reported to relieve stress, lower blood pressure and reduce cortisol (which is associated with depression and anxiety).
Petting a pet has also been researched to elevate oxytocin (linked to happiness and relaxation).
And pets are so gosh darn cute – just looking at their cute little faces can elevate oxytocin!
Walking a pet also helps people to stay physically active – which is healthful for the body.
Walking a pet also helps people to stay social – because pets are people magnets and can lead to friendly conversations. Staying socially active is good for both emotional and physical well being.
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