The joy we can get from sharing our space with another is amazing. That same joy can be got from sharing our space with an animal. It may not be until you have a pet of your own that you realise how much love you can have for a furry friend.
There are tons of health benefits from owning a pet. Below I’ll just name a few:
- Less stress
- Lower blood pressure
- Helps you socialise
- Improved mood and health
Not to mention the feeling you have knowing you get to care for another living thing. The responsibility of having a pet has literally turned lives around. In a few select prisons inmates were allowed to keep pets. The results were incredible: “Over the course of a year, prisoners on the pet ward were less violent and needed only half the medication of their petless peers, and there were no suicide attempts, compared with eight on the other ward. Another study, at Lorton Correctional Facility in Virginia, found that prisoners on a special pet programme had a recidivism rate less than a quarter of the national average. ”
Those findings are amazing and are directly related to having a pet to care for.
If you find yourself feeling lonely or down a pet can be a wonderful natural way to raise your mood. Of course only decide to start caring for an animal when you are sure you have the time and ability. Like you they deserve love and affection and since their love is unconditional make sure you treat them right.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France