Science Says Dogs Make Their Owners Happier and Healthier

Christmas season is near. And what better way to celebrate the holidays than getting a new pet. Now you think, what pet should I welcome to my family? It may be for you or for your children. Either way, this new critter will surely bring happiness to your upcoming days.

 

But then, how do you rationalize this expensive purchase? What should pet should you even get? If you value your health, a dog might be the best for you!

 

Multiple studies have been conducted that linked better overall health with dog ownership. And these are the health benefits of dog ownership:

 

Decrease Risk of Asthma for Kids

 
Decrease Risk of Asthma for Kids Science Says Dogs Make Their Owners Happier and Healthier

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For kids, pet ownership certainly gives countless of health benefits. A unique thing about dogs is that dogs strengthen the child’s immunity against asthma up until age 10. In a nutshell, the presence of the dog creates a “resistance” to asthma because of the elements (bacteria, etc.) they usually carry.

 

Lowers Your Blood Pressure and Makes You Fitter

 
Lowers Your Blood Pressure and Makes You Fitter Science Says Dogs Make Their Owners Happier and Healthier

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Owning dogs can lower blood pressure. Unlike the mechanism of asthma their protection, the owner does not automatically reap this benefit. It is a by-product of the activities of the owner with their new best friends.

 

The owners lower their blood pressure by getting more exercise with dogs. They take more steps. And they get generally fit than other pet ownership counterparts. This is because dogs tend to be more active and energetic especially when you walk them.

 

Improves Social Life

  Improves Social Life Science Says Dogs Make Their Owners Happier and Healthier  

Ever walked in a park, and saw those giddy golden retrievers dashing through the park grounds? Do you have the urge to just pat them and relish their cuteness? I thought so too.

 

If you are struggling with your social life, getting a doggo can be your big social break! There is even a study that found out that dog owners to be more likely to meet new friends in the neighborhood than other pet owners.

 

It will just be a matter of time before you get to form new friendships with these interactions. Or at best, it might be the catalyst for your lover’s story. A good investment indeed.

 

Lower Levels of Stress and Depression

 
Lower Levels of Stress and Depression Science Says Dogs Make Their Owners Happier and Healthier

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Aside from being a social magnet, these dogs can help you relieve stress in your work and family life. I mean, it is just normal for dogs to rush and jump at you when you finally arrive. You work hours are like forever in their perspective. They are just that excited to see you again.

 

Spending your time with dogs increases serotonin and dopamine in your body. Imagine just normally spending time with these playful canines is like a calming drug. In worst cases, a dog can even help people with depression.

 

Owning one certainly will provide better mental health for your family.

 

Conclusion

 

Whether you just want a chick-magnet or a loyal companion, dogs are there to be with you every step of the way. It may be difficult to take care of them. But it’s worth it!

Leandro Eclipse

Leandro Eclipse is an entrepreneur who loves to travel. He believes in garnering multiple Location-Independent Sources of Income. Because if you are going to work anyway, might as well do it while exploring the world. Self-proclaimed foodie and tech geek. Follow him on Twitter @MikoTheEclipse.

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