How Loving a Pet Extends Your Life

How Loving a Pet Extends your Life

Do you know anyone who dislikes being around pets?  If you do, I would like to meet them and find out what is wrong with them because everyone should be a pet lover to some degree.  Pet owners should love their pets, because what is the point of owning one?  It turns out that loving your pet is more than just superficial attachment to cute fluffiness, too.

Studies have shown there are multiple ways in which pets can scientifically extend the years on an owners life.  These are just a few of them:

Keep the Heart Healthy

Pets improve the health of their owner’s heart just by being in their lives.  Not only the pets that are highly active outside or inside, but also the simple fact that being around someone you love increases the heartrate and keeps blood pressure levels down.

Feel Good, Unstressed

Pets are fun to pet, that’s why we pet them.  Affection is a known stress-reliever, we all need a little affection every day.  A pet is the perfect companion, they will never turn down a hug and a pet, and they will not hesitate to give you thanks to show their appreciation.  This action in of itself releases oxytocin, the “feel good” hormone that reduces stress, lowers blood pressure.

Social Bonder

Pets unite us with other pet lovers, it’s the easiest ice-breaker among strangers.  Take your dog for a walk and try not to run into another dog lover along the way.  Join a Facebook group for cat lovers and you’re set for life when it comes to finding new friends.  Pets are the glue that reminds us of the little things in life, that inner-child in all of us, and that everyone loves to be petted.

Responsibility and Fulfillment

Pets keep us humans on our toes, they depend on us to keep them healthy, happy, and safe.  Owning a pet comes with a lot of responsibility, but the rewards are well worth the effort.  For couples who aren’t ready to have a child or a child that isn’t ready to be an adult, a pet is the perfect companion to help those along their journey.  Those who own pets find a stronger sense of purpose in their lives, because pets don’t let you sit alone and just waste the day away.  A pet will rebel in the face of boredom or neglect, that’s your wake-up call to get your act together.  That’s what a true friend does for you.

Strengthened Immunity

Some people are allergic to pets, but outside of innate allergies, pets are actually a great way to keep your immune system on alert.  Since their fur can carry a lot of foreign pathogens or spores in and out of the house, they prove to be valuable for babies and the development of their immune system.  Studies have proven that new parents with pets have lower episodes of colds, infections, and allergies.  This makes sense, considering the blowback recently from all the crazy usage of hand sanitizers.


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