Do you need some snuggles? Furry friends are great at that, plus, they’re shown to make people happier and healthier. If you feel like you’re ready for the commitment, you’ll be getting more than just company if you give an animal a good home.
It doesn’t matter if you want a dog or a cat. Maybe you want a hamster. Pets bring something special to the lives of those they love – something you’ll only understand once you’ve had the experience.
What’s in it for you…
Studies have shown that people who own pets have better self-esteem, are better able to recover from stress, get more exercise, and are often more social.
Playing with your pets will increase serotonin and dopamine in your brain, so you’ll be happier, too. The CDC has even found that people with cats or dogs have lower cholesterol levels and are more likely to survive heart attacks.
Worried about the expense? At least you’re honest. Taking care of a pet’s food, grooming, and medical needs takes funds and taking care of your relationship with a pet takes time. If you really can’t afford to have a pet of your own, consider volunteering at a local animal shelter or working with a foster group. Those pets need care as well and can make you just as happy with their unconditional love.
And, let’s face it, we could all use a little bit of unconditional love in our lives.