Pets are always fun to be around. They are loving, caring and give you a sense of joy that you’ll not find anywhere else. If you are moving through life without a pet, then I should tell you that you are missing out on one of the most beautiful relationships you can ever have. This post is not to convince you to adopt a pet, but rather to give you some idea of the benefits that come with owning a pet.
First off, they reduce stress. Research has proved that pets considerably reduce stress by as much as 55% in people. Stress can not only cause you mental agony but even cause physical ailments. Nothing better to melt away that daily stress than spending an hour with your adorable pet. When it comes to de-stressing your heart, cats are better. On an average, having a cat lowers the chances of a heart attack by as much as 40%. If you don’t like cats, you can always go for gentle dogs.
Next, pets lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Taking a walk with your pet or even playing with them reduces blood pressure and is also a great exercise which reduces cholesterol. Another interesting research is that dog walkers lose weight faster than people who walk with a fellow friend. There is no logical explanation provided for this but walking with your dog for about 20 minutes a day can help you lose as much as 14 pounds in a year.
Pets can also help you get through some of the toughest times of your life. Doctors advise people suffering from depression to adopt pets because they tend to cheer up their owners and give them a reason to push forward. And last, pets are also great for children. Children with pets will develop better immunity compared to children without them and pets will also give children exercise critical for healthy growth. These and countless other benefits just waiting to be yours, all if you make a decision right now.