4 WAYS YOUR DOGS CAN BOOST YOUR MOOD (and your overall well-being)
We don’t have to be scientists to know that dog are the funniest beings in the world who with their behavior crack us up more often than not. Had a bad day? Your dog is most likely going to sense that and want to help.
What makes them the best companions is the fact that they are great listeners. They may sit glued to your side, look at you adoringly or drop a toy into your lap. Then voila!! Things just don’t seem so sad anymore.
Researchers at the Harvard University, state that dog owners have a lower risk of heart disease. When we interact with dogs, our oxytocin levels shoots up, oxytocin is more commonly known as the feel good hormone. Since this is the hormone largely responsible for social bonding, this hormonal ‘LOVE INJECTION’ from dogs boosts our psychological well-being.
Dogs are completely devoted, energetic, fun and loyal to the core all at the same time.
So for the average dog parent, what other positive benefits can we expect from a furry baby? There are four great ways that our dogs boost our moods for us every day whether we ask for them to do it or not.
1. They make you more active
Let’s face it, if you have a dog, exercise is going to be a part of your life. Your dog is going to make you go outside into the fresh air for morning/evening walks. These walks will deepen the connection between you and your pet, eradicate most behavior problems in dogs, and keep your pet fit and healthy.
2. Provide companionship
Dogs are consistent and stable. You rarely have to come home and soothe your angry or upset dog instead it’s the other way round. Caring for a living animal can help make you feel needed and wanted, and take the focus away from your problems, especially if you live alone. And nothing beats loneliness like coming to a wagging tail and wet kisses.
3. Increase socialization
Dog owners frequently stop and talk to each other on walks, hikes or in a dog park. It’s a great way to socialize and meet more like minded people. Dog owners are also bound to meet new people at pet stores, clubs and training classes.
5. Reduce Anxiety
Dogs live in the moment and never stress out about what happened yesterday or what might happen tomorrow. They can help people be more mindful and appreciate the joy of living in the present.