Studies are showing more than ever the benefits that having a pet brings a person on a mental level. Pets can provide companionship but they also provide something to care for that will show love in return. Pets need to often be walked, which encourages a person to stay active and pets tend to have a high level of energy which rubs off on their owners.
For some pet owners, simply being around their animal brings them a
sense of calm. This can be from the company they bring, the companionship, and some owners even find a great deal of comfort in smelling the scent of their pet, whom they love dearly. After a long day or a trying day, coming home to a pet can help a person deal with stress or unwind. This is beneficial for a person’s health both physically and mentally as well.
Studies show that when a person comes into contact with their pet they actually release a number of feel good hormones into the body. According to Kevin Seawright, things like oxytocin can pass through the brain just from petting an animal. When living with an animal that you then bond with these reactions occur more frequently and the benefits are tenfold. The type of pet doesn’t necessarily matter. If you happen to be a dog person, this will work for you. But cats, guinea pigs, etc. are also great.