Animal Friends That Will Never Let You Down
You know, Your Friend Doesn't Always Have To Be Human. There is some excellent and long standing research that shows that animals—of every order—can often stand in for our human counterparts, and show love, compassion, and understanding that we might otherwise not get anywhere else. Animals can really help to keep us healthy, and in so many different ways. First, it is good for us to care for animals, especially when we are young. Taking care of an animal, brushing its coat, or trimming its nails, and even just feeding it and watering it daily, can teach us how to care for others. This is an important skill to develop, and can help us learn how to care, love and attend to others. Animals also keep us healthy. Some research shows that, in addition to keeping us more active, and so more fit, animals help to lower our blood pressure, lower our cholesterol levels, and possibly even lower our chance of obesity. People who own cats, for example, in one study, were found to have a forty percent less chance of heart attack or stroke than those people who did not own a cat.
Owning an animal can also help kids—and adults—develop a sense of empathy. As they care for their animals, and when those animals get hurt or suffer pain, we learn that other people hurt, and that we can alleviate their suffering, or at least learn to be compassionate and caring when others suffer. Animals also make us feel needed, and even important, and that can have a good effect on our self-esteem. Being around an animal that always thinks that you are just great, helps you to feel better about yourself and who and where you are in life. One study found that people who owned pets felt more like they belonged in their communities and had a more meaningful sense of community than people who did not own animals. And animals can help us make those social connections. When you are out with Fido, walking him through the neighborhood, do you notice how people stop and say hello, want to pet your dog, or otherwise communicate with you, through your animal?
Touching our dogs is good for our health, too, according to some research. When we pet our animals, like our dogs or cats, or horses, a signal is sent to our brain to start producing or to increase production of the two hormones serotonin and oxytonin. These two hormones help us feel more calm and relaxed. As well, when we spend time touching our pets and running our hands through their furry bodies helps us decrease production of cortisol, the stress hormone. So next time you feel stressed, pet your doggie or your little kitty cat, run out to the barn and play with your goats, cows or horses. Even a chicken might work! Find out more about this interesting topic and many others just like it at the website, Facebook - Tail Spin Bracelets.
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