In this article, we will introduce you to some unexpected benefits of owning a pet. Did you know that there is a strong bond between animals and humans? One of the most beautiful and unifying aspects of humans is witnessing how animal lovers go to extremes for their animal companions.
For those of you who are not animal lovers, you may not understand this at all… Yet.
They have such a deep bond with each other that it’s hard to explain or define, but that doesn’t make it any less real or tangible. Many people know the benefits of owning a pet. Whether it’s a cat, dog, horse, lizard, bird, or any other type of pet, the security of knowing they are loved brings people great joy.
Some pet owners throw elaborate weddings, birthday parties or dress their pets in extravagant costumes, but the simple act of acknowledging your pet’s loyalty and love is a gift that will reward you for a lifetime.
Pets are the windows to our hearts.
One of the many benefits of owning a pet is that it shows you who you are. Your pet reflects and mirrors your inner self, and it does so by behaving. And if you pay attention to their messages, they can help you become a better person.
This is a phenomenon I call the Human-Animal Body-Spirit Connection, and it’s a phenomenal, life-changing thing when you understand it. They hold no grudges or ill will.
If you listen to their voice, what are they saying about you and how you care about you and them?
They are an innate reflection of your sense of health and well-being. They are sensitive to the energies of your mind, body, and emotions, and send you messages of potential problems long before others may notice signs of trouble. Pets can also be a great comfort when you’re feeling stressed or lonely.
Health benefits of pet ownership.
I’m sure you’ve caught the saying, “Dogs are man’s greatest friend.” But have you ever considered why this is so? I suppose you have. Dogs are loyal animals, to a point.
Animals find joy in the simplest and smallest things. They don’t need to apologize or make themselves look good, they are always themselves. They go to sleep undisturbed by daily worries and wake up each morning with a clean slate, ready to face the world with fresh eyes and a fresh mind.
Their energy, stamina, dedication, determination, and optimism are perceptible to others. However, many animals sense when someone needs help. They don’t always care, but they do reach out to comfort someone in pain.
Not all dogs, cats, or horses will be therapy animals trained for hospital care, nor will they be assistance or companion animals in a crisis. However, you should know that your pet is constantly picking up signals from you.
Your horse will sense your stress, try to understand it and then decide how to help you. When your dog reads negative energy, he will follow you around the house and try to figure out what is wrong and how he can help you.
He may think your dog is bothering you, especially when he is excited. When that happens, stop, accept their gift of love for what it is, and have a conversation with them about what’s bothering you. If you know how to talk to animals, they will share their thoughts with you.
Animals understand when things go wrong, but they don’t have the power to fix them… Don’t they?
Countless studies have shown the healing power of a cat purring in your lap, a dog resting its head on your lap, or a horse stroking your face and standing still.
Studies have explained that the bond between people and their pets can improve physical health, reduce stress and bring joy to their owners. Some of the many benefits of owning a pet are
- Lower blood pressure
- Cholesterol reduction
- More opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
- Lower triglyceride levels
- Reduced loneliness
- Increased opportunities for social involvement
Your pet will not allow you to withdraw, isolate yourself or cuddle alone. In today’s society, socializing has become extremely difficult. This can lead to high levels of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.
Pets need your care and attention when they are having fun. They need to play with you, go on walks with you and learn from you. And when things go wrong, they need all of that, but when you are suffering, they feel that things are not going well.
If your dog is busy fetching a toy or nagging you to go for a walk, listen to his voice.
Your cat may be circling your desk chair or jumping on your computer to distract you, but she may be telling you to focus.
You’ll often notice that your breathing becomes shallower, your circulation slows, your energy drops… They’re worried about it. Let’s take a break.
Caring for your pet releases serotonin and dopamine, two feel-good hormones.
Pets are very intuitive creatures. The more time you spend with them, the better they get to know you and the more sensitive they are to the ups and downs of your feelings.
The benefits of pet ownership don’t end with being a rescue dog.
A German Shepherd can find a lost child in the woods, a well-trained Golden Retriever can track down a seizure in its owner, or a therapy dog can visit a hospital and comfort patients …… We all have that image in our heads.
But pets don’t have to perform “heroic acts” to be heroes in life, and they don’t all have to be dogs. Birds, bearded dragons, horses, chickens…they all make a difference.
Believe it or not, watching a goldfish swim in and out of a castle for 10 minutes can reduce blood pressure and stress.
Having a pet…
- If you take care of other vulnerable people and go out of your way to meet their needs, you’ll be able to meet yours as well.
- Get outside and get some exercise. After all, enjoying nature and getting outdoors is not only very important for your health and well-being but also theirs.
- Getting away from the computer, playing, changing your mind, refreshing, and rebooting will help you reconnect.
Whether it’s an iguana, beagle, Siamese cat, or parrot, the benefits of having a pet are enormous.
Take the chance to learn how they communicate with you. They can be insightful if you are willing to listen and learn.
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