They say laughter is the best medicine, but what if we told you that all you were missing was a dog in your life?
Don’t take it from us. Take it from the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute who conducted a study on how having pets can brighten one’s mood. In one survey, it was discovered that nearly ¾ of respondents experienced an improvement in their mental health after getting a pet. Of course, you should always consult your doctor about your anxiety and depression. But, here’s how having a dog helps:
A Dog Will Love You Regardless
Dogs aren’t weird like humans and will give their pet parents unending love, as long as they care for them properly. They won’t hurt you or stab you in the back. Their intentions are pure and they will stand by our side through anything.
Dogs Will Cheer You Up
Dogs are very sensitive and can detect whenever their parents are in distress. They will help to soothe parents with licks and kisses during panic attacks, to reduce blood pressure and heart rate. During bouts of depression, their silly actions, and shows of affection help to release ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine.
They Make The Most Of Life
It’s easy to get distracted or depressed with all the stresses of daily life. Unlike us, dogs live in the here and now and find the most joy out of the simple things, like butterflies in the garden, or even the sight of their own shadow! This can be a lesson to us all to appreciate life for what it is.
By choosing to become a dog parent, you accept the responsibility of taking care of another life. This dog will depend on you to stay safe and feel loved, which in the end will make you grateful for all you have.
They Help With Socialization
For those struggling with social anxiety, dogs are a great way to connect with other people without all the pressure. They help to improve confidence since you always have a companion and reduce feelings of loneliness.