My current situation while writing this post, is sitting on my couch with my puppy, Duke, laying on my lap. It makes it difficult to type, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’m not only obsessed with my dog. I’m obsessed with all dogs. And with any other pets for that matter, and I’ll tell you why.
Who looses their mind with excitement when I get home?
Who doesn’t ask questions, but I know is listening better than any one else ever could?
Who gives me unlimited attention and I know wants me around all the time?
No surprises there, it’s my dog.
What science says about owning a pet
Harvard Health published an article explaining the scientific research behind why pet owners tend to be healthier than the average person. A part from the obvious reasons of keeping you active and outdoors, owning a pet can do wonders for your emotions and keeping you happy.
We achieve our best results and feel on top of our game when we are feeling loved, have companionship and feel like we have a purpose. And that is exactly what a pet can give you.
A study done by Harvard Medical School found that owning a pet does more than improve your emotions. They found that your body starts to function better as well. Owning a pet and feeling connected to it affects your brain’s stress response, which has all these amazing benefits like reducing your anxiety levels.
“There was even a recent study in the journal Science about how oxytocin is boosted in both the dog and the human when a dog owner stares into eyes of the dog. That’s really fascinating,” says Dr. Fricchione, director of the Harvard-affiliated Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine. Oxytocin is one of the body’s “feel good” chemicals and also makes you feel more confident in social situations. How amazing?!
No matter what you say or do, your pet loves you for who you are. That feeling alone can boost your confidence and fill you with joy.
On my bookshelf, I have a novel called Dog Medicine. It is a true story written about a 22 year old university student who is suffering from severe depression. Psychiatrists, therapists and family members couldn’t stop her from sinking further into suicidal depression. Nothing reached her until she adopted a Golden Retriever puppy named Bunker. It’s an amazing story about recovering from depression and how the love of a dog can heal even the most broken of hearts.
Animals have astonishing healing powers.
Just looking at your pet, noticing their behaviour and predicting what they are feeling and thinking can be an amazing practice to help settle your thoughts and give you clarity. When you have a lot of head noise and recognise that you need to feed your optimism or recharge your batteries, focusing on your pet can do just that.
Duke is here proofreading my work to make sure I say nice things about him and get a photo of his good side.
Do you have a pet? I would love to hear from you.