They’re not called man’s best friend without a reason. Dogs could probably be our species’ closest companions over the course of our history and that’s because they make us happy. In fact, there’s scientific evidence to suggest people with dogs are less likely to feel lonely and much more satisfied with their lives.
But if you’re still not convinced you need a dog, here are our 6 surprising reasons to prove dogs can make you happy.
When a family gets a dog, it is like adding a new member. The dog is generally looked after by everyone in the family and there really is no better way for families to bond. Taking up the responsibilities and sharing in the joys of having a pet can hold families together with emotional-glue.
They cut stress
This is probably the best reason to get a dog. Having to walk the dog and run around with it will really boost the amount of activity you get on a daily basis. Whether you throw a tennis ball at your dog to go out and fetch or simply run after it on a busy street as it chases cars, you are sure to work up a sweat in no time. A dog’s hyperactive nature rubs off on the owner easily.
Studies by the American Heart Association recently published some surprising results showing dogs can really reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in their owner. This also applies for cats, as having either pet can reduce your chances of getting a heart attack by up to 40%. That’s one way to stay happy.
Dogs love to make their owner feel needed. Someone needs to take care of the pet and feed it or take it out for walks ever so often. This means your self-esteem will be really boosted by simply being wanted by a living creature. Dogs are also nonjudgmental, thankfully, so you can have a friend without any of the baggage.
Increase social connections
Want to know the best way to meet new people? Take your dog for a walk and you’ll find people talking to you about their own pets on your daily walk. It’s the perfect way to start a conversation and having a common interest is a great way to develop relationships.
Brighten our mood
Dogs love unconditionally and that happy feeling tends to rub off on us. There is no better way to start the day than to have your dog jump around and be super happy to see you again. Even petting and stroking them will give you a warm fuzzy feeling as your brain produces happy hormones while cutting down on cortical, the stress hormone.
They’re bundles of happiness
Dogs don’t get stressed or angry if you treat them well. Your pet is like a cute bundle of happiness that just keeps on showering you with unconditional love. That’s why you should get one.