If you love spending time with your furry friends, you’re not alone. Approximately 47% of all households have at least one dog, and 37% have at least one cat.
Spending time with a dog, cat or other pet can have a positive and lasting effect on your mood and your overall health. Considering the major impact that stress can have on your body, mind and lifestyle, it’s important to keep as many stress relievers around as possible. Pets can be a meaningful relationship that can have a positive impact on life.
“We found that pet owners, on average, were better off than non-owners, especially when they have a higher-quality relationship with their pets,” said pet researcher Allen R. McConnell PhD for WebMD. He did note that what constitutes a meaningful relationship will differ depending on the pet and the owner. From sharing physical activities together to just spending time on the couch petting your pet, developing a positive relationship can have a number of health benefits you may not have ever thought of.