If you have a pet, then have you ever noticed how much happier you feel when you are around your pet or when they walk into the room? Spending some quality time with a pet can have a really positive impact on your overall mood and your health. Pets can be really calming and they can help you to fight a lot of stress too. There have even been studies into the benefits of having a pet, and it has been found that pet owners were better off, in terms of stress and general mood, than non-pet owners; even more so if they had a positive relationship with their pet. Pets can also help you to be more active, so they can help you in a variety of different ways.
The Ways Having a Pet Can Improve Your Health
Having a dog can make you much less likely to get something like heart disease. Why do you think this is? Dog owners do tend to walk more and more, and have lower blood pressure, compared to people who don’t have dogs. Going out regularly can be good for the dog too, for example, hopefully meaning less expensive trips to the vets. Come rain or shine, dog owners, for example, have to be out and about talking their dog for a walk. A non-dog owner could just stay in and hibernate. That may be more comfortable, but it won’t be best for your heart (or calories).
If you have a pet, no matter what kind, being able to pet them and play with them can be a massive stress reliever. Touching your pet and playing with them can help to lower your blood pressure quite a lot, and it can help you to feel more relaxed at home. It can also help you to cut down on your stress levels, which is a really amazing benefit from something so simple. It is also something that is really soothing for your pet, so it does go both ways.
Better Mood, More Meaning
People who have a pet down tend to be happier than those without. Pet owners also tend to be more trusting, and people with a pet can also feel less lonely than those who don’t have a pet. So one reason why having a pet can be so good for you, is that they give you a feeling of peace and belonging and meaning. You can also feel some more control in your life with a pet, as there is that one constant at home; the animal that gives you unconditional love.
Social Support for Autistic Children
Children do tend to relate better to a fellow classmate if there is one with autism, when there are pets in the classroom. But there is also benefit to having a pet in the home if you have, or have a child with ASD. Animals can change environment at home, or in the classroom, and it can be a great way to integrate all children. When children get involved with animals, then they do start to view each other more positively, and it can be a good thing to get them working better together.