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Good for Your Heart, Mind, and Soul

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More and more research is showing that pets provide their owners with physical, psychological, and emotional benefits.  Studies suggest that pets not only quell the loneliness and depression of their owners, but that they also stimulate physical health benefits like lower blood pressure.  The following video clips highlight some of the health benefits some pet owners may experience.

 

 

Just to throw down an exclamation point on what those clips had to say, here’s a list of physical, emotional, and psychological benefits reportedly enjoyed by pet owners:

 

Physical

 

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Less difficulty sleeping
  • Increased level of activity and physical fitness
  • Fewer strokes
  • Stronger bones
  • Longer life span

 

Emotional

 

  • Feeling of being needed
  • Strength in the face of boredom or adversity
  • Feeling of being loved
  • Comfort during trying times
  • Instant mood lift

 

Psychological

 

  • Better self-esteem
  • Less loneliness
  • Less Fear
  • Closer relationships with important people in pet owner’s life
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Easy excuse for social interaction

 

This is just a partial list of benefits pets provide to their owners.  With new information coming out all the time, many more advantages to pet ownership may yet be discovered.  One thing is certain: Pets undoubtedly have a positive impact on the physical, emotional, and psychological well being.

 

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