The mere presence of a healthy pet in a room can help break the ice among strangers and probably bring smiles to everyone around. All that positive energy often yields to good things. So, what are the ways a pet can help you become a better person?
Pets can help improve your health.
Whether you are tossing a ball of string at your lovely cat, rubbing your dog’s belly, or simply watching fish swim in a tank, there is always a meaningful connection with your pet that could relieve stress and elevate your mood. Various studies have proven that pet owners are better off than pet owners, particularly when the pet and its owner have a healthy relationship.
They can make your life meaningful.
Pets often offer their owners companionship and help them find joy and meaning in their daily lives, particularly if they lack a support system. For instance, coming home to a welcoming pet rather than an empty home curbs loneliness. Similarly, caring for a pet helps the owner forget about his or her own problems.
Pets can help improve your social life.
Most guardians love talking about their pets, sharing funny stories, and providing pet care advice. Owning a pet breaks the ice, establishing a common ground between people. It also creates an opportunity for anxious and shy individuals to make friends. Just think about it; a timid person might look down when passing another person on the street, but if they both are walking dogs (pets), they can easily use the ‘doggie meetup’ to chat and probably get to know one another.
Pets can teach you how to live in the moment.
Most people are fretting about their chores, jobs, romantic relationships, deadlines, past failures, and other issues they have limited control over. Look at pets; they live in the moment, enjoying their new toys, a game of fetch, or cuddling with their owner. These animals never think about the so-called productive things they could be handling. By observing pets, you can learn to take some time out for relaxation and fun.
Your pets can make you empathetic. According to recent research featured in the Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, people who got attached to pets or animals as teens and young adults are more empathetic. Probably this is because they were responsible for their pets’ caring and learned the benefits and consequences of their actions on their pets’ overall well being.