Bad day at school or office? You feel angry for no reason? Often happens! Dog owners know that it just takes one kiss from your puppy to turn your day in a better one. There is even scientific evidence that dogs or pets, make us happier people, here we leave a list of them.
1. They’re good for your heart.
2. They can act as therapists.
Pet therapy is also referred to as animal-assisted therapy (AAT). Dogs and cats are most commonly used in pet therapy. The benefits of pet therapy include: making you happier, lessening depression, and improving your outlook on life, decreasing loneliness and isolation by giving you a companion, reducing boredom, reducing anxiety because of its calming effects, etc.
3. They can sniff out cancer.
Dogs’ sense of smell is so strong that they are able to detect cancer in as little as three hours. There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that has later been supported by scientific studies. A recent study presented at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., found a trained scent dog accurately identified whether patients’ urine samples had thyroid cancer or were benign 88 percent of the time. The scent-trained, rescued male German Shepherd-mix named Frankie recognized the smell of cancer in thyroid tissue obtained from multiple patients. “Frankie is the first dog trained to differentiate benign thyroid disease from thyroid cancer by smelling a person’s urine,” said Arny Ferrando from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, in the press release.
4. They keep us moving.
If you have a dog, you’ve probably walked it, right? Well, all that walking can add up. One study found that dog owners were 34 percent more likely to achieve their recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week than non-dog owners . And don’t dismiss walking as wussy exercise.
5. They lower your stress levels.
A study found that when people took care of dogs for just three months, they showed significant drops in blood pressure and reactivity to stress. The days their ambulatory blood pressure fell the lowest were the days they took their dogs to work. You may have heard about a hormone called cortisol, which is released when we’re stressed out, and is often coupled with heightened blood pressure. Over time, these factors can lead to high cholesterol and hypertension. Luckily, reducing stress can be as simple as interacting with a dog, which significantly lowers cortisol levels and improves your immune system’s functions.
6. They lower blood pressure.
A study from the American Heart Association found when pet owners get support from their puppies, it’s enough to lower blood pressure brought on by mental stress . We like to think that means we’re that much closer to getting a prescription for dog snuggles.
7. They ease anxiety.
Contact with another being can do wonders to help anxiety. Maybe it helps you feel less alone, or less like you have to handle everything by yourself. Keith Humphreys, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University, agrees with this, saying, “Holding and stroking a pet is calming for many people, even those without anxiety problems.”When your anxiety is all-consuming and you’re freaking out, having your pet jump into your lap and begin to snuggle can really help bring you back down. No wonder dogs are considered man’s best friend.
8. They can help you quit smoking.
Still lighting up but trying to quit the habit? A new roommate of the canine variety may be just what you need. In one study, 28 percent of smokers who owned pets reported that knowledge of the harmful effects of second hand smoke on their pets would motivate them to quit.
9. They ease workday pressures.
Dogs not only provide comfort at home; they also can do wonders in the workplace. Bringing your dog to work may actually be productive. A 2012 study published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Managementfound dogs in the workplace may help buffer work stress and make the job more satisfying compared to non-dog owners. Perceived stress was similar at the beginning of the study, but throughout the course of the day, stress declined for the dog group when their dogs were present. Dogs encourage taking more breaks and leaving owners energized for when they return back to work.
10. They can help boost your immune system.
Just petting a dog may be enough to keep that pesky cold away. One study conducted on college students reported benefits to overall health, particularly to the immune system of those students who were asked to pet dogs (as opposed to those asked to pet stuffed animals or nothing at all) . So next time you feel the sniffles coming, reach for the tissues—and your trusty sidekick.
11. They can detect life-threatening health issues.
In addition to sniffing out cancer, dogs can also be trained to identify when their human counterparts experience a seizure. Or for people who struggle with severe allergies to peanuts, a dog’s extraordinary sense of smell can be used to catch that nut before their owner has a potential reaction.
Yes, we may dole out treats to our dogs, but they give us the biggest treat of all: health, happiness, and years of slobbery kisses.