Let’s talk about the unexpected and surprising benefits of having pets in your life.
Did you know that there is a powerful bond between animals and humans?
One of the most beautiful and unifying aspects of humanity is witnessing the extraordinary efforts that some animal lovers will go to for their animal companions.
Non-animal lovers may not get it at all … yet.
So here’s the thing: They enjoy a deep, mutual bond and connection that is difficult to explain or define, but does not make it any less real or tangible.
Many people have learned the benefits of having pets. And a pet of any kind, be it a cat, a dog, a horse, a lizard or a bird that feels loved and safe, will bring great joy to your human being.
While some pet owners go out of their way for their fur babies, hosting elaborate weddings or birthday parties or dressing them up in amazing costumes, even the simple act of acknowledging their loyalty and love for you is a gift that will reap a lifetime of rewards. .
Pets are a window to our soul.
One of the many benefits of having pets is when they show you who you really are. They do this by mirroring, mirroring, and acting out aspects of their inner self. And when you pay attention to their messages, they can help you become a better person.
This is the phenomenon that I call the Human Animal Mind-Body Connection and it is something extraordinary that once you understand it, it will change your life.
They have no capacity for rancor or cunning.
When you listen to them, what do they say about how you take care of yourself … and them?
They will innately reflect your sense of health and well-being. They are in tune with your energy (mind, body and emotions) and can send you messages about problems that are brewing long before others can perceive signs of problems.
And they can be a great comfort in times of stress, isolation, or loneliness.
Health benefits of having pets
We’ve all heard cliches like “Dogs are man’s best friend.”
But have you ever wondered why? I’ll tell you my belief …
Dogs are loyal to the extreme.
Animals find joy in the simplest and smallest things.
They have no need for excuses or pretenses, they are just themselves.
They go to sleep free from daily worries and wake up each morning with a blank slate, ready to face the world with fresh eyes and spirit.
Her dynamism, resilience, devotion, determination, and optimism are contagious.
However, many animals also have an innate sense when someone needs support. They do not always assume the worry … they simply reach out to comfort a person who is suffering.
Not every dog, cat or horse will be a therapy animal that is trained for hospital care, as a service animal or companion in times of crisis …
But you must know that your pet is picking up your signals at all times.
Your horse will feel the tension in you and try to make sense of it, then decide how to help you with that.
Your dog will follow you around the house when he reads negative energy trying to figure out what is wrong and how to help him.
You may think they are a pest, especially when you are feeling agitated. Stop and receive the gift of their love for what it is, and talk to them about what’s bothering you. You’ll feel better about it, and when you know how to talk to animals, they can tell you what they think too.
Animals understand when things go wrong, but they lack the power to fix them … or do they?
Countless studies have shown that there is a healing power in having a cat purring on your lap, having a dog resting its head on your lap, having a horse still while you pet its face.
Research has revealed that the bond between people and their pets increases fitness, reduces stress, and brings joy to their owners. Some of the many benefits of having pets are that people enjoy:
Decreased blood pressure.
Decrease in cholesterol levels.
Greater opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities.
Decrease in triglyceride levels.
Decreased feelings of loneliness.
Greater opportunities for socialization.
( Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Pets will not allow you to withdraw, isolate or wrap yourself
It’s very difficult to socialize in today’s world … and that can magnify depression, anxiety, and feelings of isolation.
Your pet needs your care and attention during good times. They need to play with you, go for a walk with you, learn from you. And, during bad times, they still need all of those things, but they may feel like things are not right when you are hurting.
When your dog becomes obsessed with bringing you a toy, or seems to be scolding you for a walk, listen to him.
Your cat might be tossing and turning in your home office chair, pouncing on your computer, with the intention of distracting you … but in reality, it’s probably telling you that it’s time to change your focus.
They will often notice that their breathing has become shallow, their circulation is weakening, and their energy is failing … they worry. Time to take a break!
Time spent caring for a pet releases serotonin and dopamine, two hormones that trigger a pleasure response.
Pets are very intuitive creatures. And the more time they spend with you, the better they will get to know you and tune in to your ups and downs.
The benefits of pet ownership go beyond heroic rescue dogs
We all have an image in our minds of German shepherds finding lost children in the woods, highly trained golden retrievers who have learned to feel convulsions in their owners, therapy dogs visiting hospitals to comfort patients …
But pets don’t have to be doing “heroic” feats to be a hero in your life, and they don’t have to be all dogs.
Birds, bearded dragons, horses, and chickens make all the difference.
Believe it or not, watching your goldfish go in and out of your little castle for 10 minutes lowers your blood pressure and stress.
Have a fart …
It forces you to focus on someone vulnerable outside of yourself and to make an effort to attend to their needs, which helps you to attend to your own needs as well.
takes you outside for some exercise because, after all, enjoying nature and unplugging is vitally important to your own health and well-being, as well as theirs
makes you walk away from the computer and just play, light up, update and reboot so you can reconnect
Whether you have an iguana, beagle, Siamese cat, or parakeet, you will enjoy the benefits of having pets in your life.
Take the time to learn how they communicate with you … they have ideas to share if you are willing to listen and learn.
Tell us about YOUR pet! Post in the comments below and let’s celebrate your love for pets and the difference they have made in your life.