You may already have it, a well-balanced life with low stress, good mood, sufficient exercise, and a happy mental health. However, if you don’t, or you find there is room for improvement, you might be happy to learn that spending more time with your dog may help.
Interacting with your dog can reduce stress and increase the feeling of calmness and well-being. Petting your dog or simply being near your dog can increase the release of the hormone oxytocin in your body, a hormone known for promoting feelings of calm and well-being. Additionally, the presence of your dog can have a positive effect on your heart rate variability, which is a measure of the body’s ability to respond to stress.
Your dog’s presence may also improve your mood and foster positive emotions such as joy and happiness. Your dog offers unconditional love, good companionship, and emotional support. With your dog around, you are more likely to stay present and shift focus away from negative thoughts.
Caring for your dog gives you a sense of purpose and responsibility and spending more time with your dog increases physical activity through long walks and playtime and we all know that exercise improves your own mental health. On top of that, your social interaction with other dog owners, can make you feel a sense of belongingness, all while your dog provides a sense of security and safety to you.
It is beyond doubt why dogs continue to be considered a man's best friend and a true family member.
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