We’ve heard it before and it’s true, a dog offers unconditional love. All we need to do is open our arms and our hearts to receive it. It’s up to us then, to return that love to the best of our ability by taking responsibility for the care of this beloved being who is the source of so much love and devotion.
Various studies have shown dogs can do wonders for our physical, mental, and emotional health. Here are some of the many reasons why dogs can have a positive impact on your well-being.
They’re good for your heart
Dogs don’t just help their owners feel warm and fuzzy on the inside, owning a dog can aid in the recovery for those who suffered a heart attack. In a study[i] conducted by researchers at Brooklyn College, pet ownership ranked the highest among the factors that helped in the recovery of heart-disease patients.
Dogs make great workout buddies
Pet owners are also more likely to engage in physical activities, according to the American Heart Association.
Dogs facilitate social interaction
Dogs can be a catalyst in forming bonds, facilitating social interaction and forging new friendships, according to a published study. For many people starting a conversation with a stranger is difficult but dogs can help break through the barriers we erect around ourselves, they’re the common ground that connects pet lovers.
They help children’s emotional development
Children raised with pets show many benefits. Developing positive feelings about pets can contribute to a child’s self-esteem and self-confidence. Positive relationships with pets can aid in the development of trusting relationships with others. A good relationship with a pet can also help in developing non-verbal communication, compassion, and empathy.[ii]
Children and dogs, a match made in heaven
They can be a natural source of therapy
Ask a dog-owner what their simple joys are and I’m willing to bet that one of their top answers would be this—lounging at home and snuggling with their pups after a long day at work or school.
Owning a pet can also give you a sense of purpose, motivation, and drive. The effectiveness of therapy dogs has shown how pets help enhance the quality of life of those who have depression, those who suffered a traumatic event, and those who are in their golden years.
Dogs can be an instant cure for the blues. After all, they are unassuming, undemanding companions. Always there, always willing to give, always open to receive.