Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pets and Our Health

Thinking about bringing a pet into your family? Research shows pet owners are happier, healthier and better adjusted than non-owners.
Just as thinking about a good friend can help pull you out of the dumps, thinking about a pet can help stave off feelings of rejection. Research suggests that dogs and cats can be a strong source of emotional support to their owners. And, contrary to popular belief, most pet owners do not rely on their pets instead of people for companionship.

The study, published by the American Psychological Association, found that people with close ties to their animals were typically happier, healthier and better adjusted than non-pet owners.
If you don’t have room in your life for a furry friend but would like the company, consider volunteering at a local animal shelter as a dog walker.

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