9 Ways a Pet Can Make You Healthy

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By Ann Sullivan

Have you ever been in a bad mood, until your pet comes up to you? Experts say spending time with your dog, cat, or other beloved pet, can have a beneficial impact on your mood and overall wellbeing. Pets can calm us down and help us forget our troubles. A meaningful relationship with your furry or feathered family member can be a great source of amusement and joy. Most pets can pick up on what their owners are feeling. Many respond in various ways, from nudging you to pet them, to doing something funny to turn your mood around. No matter what kind of pet you have, animals can make us feel wanted and connected to something special.

1) Social Interaction

Dogs, especially, are a great way to meet other people. Often, it’s easy to start a conversation with a total stranger when your dog is the focus of the initial exchange. If you were sitting in the park, or walking down the street by yourself, for example, you may not be inclined to strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know. Your dog, however, is a great way to make a connection with another human being. Oftentimes, a dog will either get the attention of the stranger walking by, or vice versa. It’s easy to engage a person in conversation when you have a mutual interest. If someone comes up to you and says, “Your dog is so cute!” – you’ve automatically found a point of common interest, and therefore, a way to engage this person in pleasant conversation.

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