A Pet May Do More for You Than You Realize
By Tom Herrin
For a lot of us, having a pet is something fun we can play with. It may be that, but having a pet may be much more than that. Those we may have had as kids were probably pretty matter-of-fact. I know that when I was young, we always had dogs. We would usually have at least two, but sometimes we had as many as five or six. It was just expected. I always enjoyed them, but I had no idea that having a pet may have some actual health benefits other that guarding us. For those who are not really into organized activity, having a pet may be one of the best ways possible to support good health.
Pets May Have a Good Effect on Hormones
Many of us are affected by hormones in one way or another. Cortisol is a hormone that the body releases when it is under stress. It is believed that having a pet may help to reduce the levels of cortisol in the body. On the other hand, oxytocin is a hormone that makes us feel good. It is also believed that having a pet may boost levels of this. It may be a simple combination that can make us healthier overall.
Pets Help Us Exercise
Most pets require some exercise time. It helps them to stay healthy and happy. At the same time, walking with a pet may do the same for us. Especially for those of us who would choose otherwise, getting out and walking a pet gives us a little more purpose. It can serve as some kind of motivation, and this is often much better than going through some kind of routine for which we have little interest. Getting out with that pet may also give us an opportunity to discover the outdoors in a different way. This can encourage us to explore even more.
We All Need Someone to Care for
The responsibility of taking care of a pet can be much like that of taking care of a child. When we are needed, it can lift our spirits and give us more sense of purpose. Most pets are extremely happy to see us each day, and this can provide an uplifting feeling. They are also great company in that they seldom disagree with what we say or do.
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