February 07, 2022
By Chelsea Reed
We’re not going to lie, animals are absolutely adorable! Some of them are awe-inspiring and majestic, while others simply make you want to reach out and hug them. But what if we told you that having animal companions is scientifically proven to be good for you? Here are some of the many ways pets can be good for human health.
Pet companionship can do wonders for the human heart–literally. Studies have shown that spending quality time petting and relaxing with pets helps lower blood pressure and levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Playing with your pets can also lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. All of these things help reduce stroke, heart disease, and many other ailments that can affect the heart, along with a well-balanced diet.
Not only are pets good for your heart, but they’re also good for your mind! Pets increase opportunities to socialize with other animals and fellow humans. According to the CDC, the bond between people and pets may reduce feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and symptoms of PTSD. If your pet is rescued, these benefits get boosted, and your pet can experience the benefits too. You are also helping other pets in the future by adopting a rescued animal. It’s a win-win!
Last but not least, having pets around gives you increased opportunities to get outside and exercise. More time outdoors provides a host of benefits to human health like cleaner air and better sleep. And of course, more exercise is better for the human body in many ways, no matter how young or old you are. In some cases, proper caretaking of your pets is also good exercise. If you plan to get a pet, make sure to do some research first to find out which kind of animal is best for your lifestyle.
Whether you own a pet or not, you can help humans keep their animal companions in hard times during Seaside Art Gallery’s 2022 Animals in Art Show. For a limited time, a portion of all purchases of artwork in the Gallery that feature an animal is donated to the Coastal Humane Society to help animals and their owners in need. Isn’t it wonderful to know that you can make a difference? Let’s keep the benefits going!
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