Replace Your High Blood Pressure Pills with a Puppy!
Well, okay, don’t go that far, but there is a link between owning a pet and being happier and healthy. It’s been proven! According to a study done by the Minnesota Stroke Institute, 4,000 cat owners were followed for over 10 years. Those in the study who owned cats were 30 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack. Although this research was done on cats, I would imagine that it would be the same for dogs and other pets that we love.
Other studies have been done over the years to show that owning a dog or cat helps us deal better with stress. We all know that less stress means less sickness and disease. Another aspect of owning a dog is the constant dog walking that not only gives seniors more exercise than non dog-owners but also helps with to create meaningful social support to people who would otherwise be alone.
It has also been recorded that people who have had pets as children have better human relationships as adults. Pets become as much part of the self as loved ones do and undoubtedly can contribute to our overall sense of happiness and wellbeing.