Lower cholesterol levels
Improve cardiovascular health
Relieve the depression associated with serious illnesses
Improve survival rates after a heart attack
From a psychological and emotional standpoint, your pet gives you something to live for and focus on other than yourself. Self-absorption is a serious detriment to good health.
It feels good to be needed and your pet depends on you – even if your family does not. Being needed motivates you to stay well.
Studies have shown that interacting with pets is actually more beneficial than interacting with friends when it comes to your blood pressure. Human friends can be judgmental –your four-legged buddy accepts you exactly as you are in every moment of your life together.
Part of the reason we connect so deeply with animals may be their emotional depth. Studies show that many animals mourn, cry, and demonstrate other ranges of emotion. If you share your life with a pet, you know the love it feels for you is intense and enduring.