9 Hobbies That Will Make You Happy and Possibly Live Longer

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6) Adopting A Pet

Having a furry companion has been shown to lead to lower stress levels, lower blood pressure and decreased feelings of depression, loneliness and anxiety. Having your loyal pet waiting for you at the end of every day certainly has a positive effect on your mood. The bond you have with your pet is very important. Many pet owners testify that the relationship they have with their animal rivals that of human relationships! Cuddling and playing with your pet releases feel good hormones, like dopamine and serotonin. These chemicals combat harmful ones like cortisone, which has a negative effect on your immune system and promotes an unhealthy heart. Dog owners are especially subject to the physical benefits of being a pet owner. Dogs require daily walks and exercise, so if you’re taking care of your pet properly, this means you’re also getting your daily dose of fitness.

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