There’s Alot to Learn From Dogs!
Anyone who has owned a pet knows how affectionate and entertaining they can be. Aside from that, they are major stress relievers and increase the happiness quotient of their owners. Dogs, in particular, reduce the likelihood of depression, anxiety, loneliness, neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia, and promote an active lifestyle. What makes dogs such a blessing?
Dogs, more than any other animal, have evolved to become emotionally attuned to our feelings and behaviours. They are sensitive to our subtle body gestures, can interpret finer nuances in our tone of voice, and can look deep into our eyes to gauge our emotional state, just like a friend. Here are some additional research-backed advantages of having a pet:
One of the most important therapeutic effects of having a dog is that it fulfils the basic need for physical touch and affection. According to research, hugging or stroking a loving animal can have a soothing and calming effect and reduce anxiety levels.
Playing with a dog causes the release of happy hormones in the body, such as dopamine and serotonin, which make a person happier, calmer, and more relaxed.
Having a dog can aid in the prevention and treatment of depression. Dog owners are less likely to be depressed than non-dog owners. Having a dog appears to reduce stress for their owners, which increases their immunity to depression.
Dogs provide excellent companionship and aid in the reduction of loneliness.
Most dogs are excellent motivators for leading a healthy lifestyle. They encourage their owners to get out of their houses and sedentary lifestyles by including walks and runs in their daily routine.
Dogs have been used to treat PTSD symptoms therapeutically (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, and Autism). They also contribute to the day’s structure and routine.
More importantly, dogs teach their human owners about the simple joys of life: unconditional caring and love—life values we were all taught as children but have lost somewhere in the adult world!