Cuddling with our puppies while their furry chests go up and down (and their stinky, hot breath blows on us) is a proven antidote to any day of stress (and why you might see us pinching our nose).
For us and many others, having a pet brings requited love into our lives. Our pets are one added benefit to the WFH life.
Psychologist Harold Herzog, a professor at Western Carolina University, lists 10 health benefits that studies that have shown pet owners have.
- Longer life
- Fewer heart attacks
- Less loneliness
- Better blood pressure
- Better psychological well-being
- Lower rates of depression and stress levels
- Fewer doctor visits
- Increased self-esteem
- Better sleep
- More physical activity
These benefits are fantastic, even if the science is a little fuzzy. Other research shows that there’s no difference between the health of those who do and don’t have pets, and some research even points to negatives about pet ownership. For example, some pet owners were more likely to have asthma, obesity, high blood pressure, gastric ulcers, migraine headaches, and use more medicine. But hold your horses! The lion’s share of research shows that when people have or interact with pets, good moods were longer-lasting, and bad moods were less frequent. There are immediate short term benefits as well, both physiological and psychological.
Let’s let sleeping dogs lie. No doubt having a pet brings you love and joy- they’re the only animals on Earth that make a living making you happy.
P.S. Meet Ash & Ghost, Achievers Circle’s pups