It's no secret--owning a pet can have a positive influence on your life. Pets provide their owners with entertainment, companionship, loyalty, and love. All types of pets--including dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, and turtles--become an important part of your family. Here are some interesting ways having a pet can affect you.
Petting and talking to animals can affect your physical and mental health in positive ways. Research from the University of South Carolina showed that petting and talking to dogs caused a drop in blood pressure for study participants. Pets also reduce stress by adding humor and companionship to life. The next time you're feeling stressed, seek out your pet. Their unconditional love can help you see problems in a new light.
Science has shown that your pet can make you more goal-oriented. A paper published in the Journal of Research in Personality showed that having a pet in the room--or even thinking about a pet--caused an increase in confidence and goal-making for study participants. Put a picture of your pet on your desk at work to increase your productivity.
Pet owners enjoy better physical health than non-pet owners. Research on Medicare patients has shown that having a pet means fewer doctor visits per year. This may be due to the increased physical activity involved in taking care of a pet. Walking a dog can help you get into shape. A study from the American Heart Association showed that pet owners have better cholesterol levels and heart rates. Having better health may even help you live longer.
Men who have cats may get more dates. In a 2004 British study, 90 percent of women said that men who have a cat are nicer than those who don't. Dogs can also help attract potential partners by helping you meet like-minded people as you go for walks. In a survey of 1,000 single people by PetSmart, 66 percent said they wouldn't date someone who didn't like animals.
Even a tiny chihuahua can help make your home a safer place. A barking dog helps deter burglars from your home. A cat batting at a curtain might indicate someone is home, making potential thieves think twice before attempting a robbery. Pet owners are also more likely to leave lights or televisions on, making potential burglars wary.
Having a pet is beneficial to your mental and physical health. Pets are an amazing addition to your family and your life.