Hugging your pet is healthy!

  1. Pets are natural mood enhancershug

There are so many benefits to a human-animal bond that exceeds what is observed on the outside. Pet parents are generally happier, not as lonely, and tend to be more trusting. Companion pets can also give you a sense of meaning and boost your self-esteem, and they provide you with positive mental energy, by raising serotonin and dopamine levels while decreasing cortisol, just from playing or having a snuggle session.


  1. Pets are good for your heart

According to the American Heart Association, there is a link between having a pet around, especially dogs, with a reduced risk for heart disease and greater longevity. Findings from a study by the National Institute of Health, with heart-related studies on people who have pets, showed that pet owners had decreased blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels which minimizes risk of a heart attack in the future.


  1. Pets help fight depression and soothe stress

Gently petting an animal can help to relax and reduce stress levels in both the human and animal. It is believed that an animal’s heart rate slows down and blood pressure drops along with a person’s because of the release of oxytocin, a hormone linked to emotional bonding. “The simple act of petting an animal is known to cause a person’s blood pressure to drop,” said Alan Beck, ScD, director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University.

  1. Pets get you to interact with other people

Pets can help you with your social life! This is particularly true with dog parents due to going out on walks and playing at the public park. People seem to be more inclined to talk if you have a dog with you and the topic of dogs is an excellent icebreaker for conversation starters. Having an interest in animals is a great way to connect with others in social situations and may even help you to overcome your issue with social awkwardness.