Ok, those are not my dogs- but they did give me a lot of love while I stayed with them, or they stayed with me? One can't be so sure... Anyways, currently, I do not have a dog, but the other day I was explaining to a group of friends of mine why 'having an animal' is actually good for your well-being. So, here is why:
I am not going to list the long list of amazing therapeutic roles that animals can play on a human's life such as detecting seizures, but I will remark on their ability to tremendously impact our quality of life!
According to the NCHR, having a pet can:
- reduce levels of pain & anxiety as well as increase focus & interaction among children with developmental disorders.
- Improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and regulating the heart rate during stressful situations.
- Help single-child children generate empathy, higher self-esteem, and increased participation in social and physical activities.
Perhaps after all, there is some rhyme and reason behind going weak at my knees every time I see a long haired spaniel!
So, there you have it! To live a healthy and happy life with unconditional love, perhaps its time to commit to that spaniel after all. If you have a pet, what are your feelings on this topic?