New Year's Resolutions
How to have your pet help you find the Love of Your Life!
10 Scientific Benefits of Being A Cat Owner check out item 3 for Finding A Significant Other! (Good odds for guys who like dogs too!)
The Washington Post article “On Dating: Meeting at the Dog Park”
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How pets help YOUR health
Psychosocial and Psychophysiological Effects of Human-Animal Interactions: The Possible Role of Oxytocin (scientific study reported by the National Institute of Health)
- improvement of social attention, behavior, interpersonal interaction, and mood
- reduction of stress-related parameters such as cortisol, heart rate, and blood pressure
- reduction of self-reported fear and anxiety
- improvement of mental and physical health, especially cardiovascular health.
The health benefits and risks of pet ownership (Harvard Medical School Health Publications)
- There's a reason dogs are dubbed man's best friend. Dogs—and cats, too—make wonderful companions and provide many emotional and physical benefits. "I'm a believer in the beneficial effects of having a pet, and I'm impressed with the ability of dogs in particular to form bonds with human beings. I think the science is starting to support their special ability to do that," says psychiatrist Dr. Greg Fricchione, director of the Harvard-affiliated Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine.
6 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health (WebMD)
- "We found that pet owners, on average, were better off than non-owners, especially when they have a higher-quality relationship with their pets," says pet researcher Allen R. McConnell, PhD. He's a professor of psychology at Miami University. "What [makes] a meaningful relationship varies from person to person.”
Pets Boost Owners' Emotional, Physical Health (Study Highlights Health Benefits of Owning Dogs and Other Pets WebMD)
- Pet owners have greater self-esteem and are less lonely than non-pet owners.
- Pet owners are more physically fit.
- Pet owners are more conscientious and more outgoing.
- Pet owners seem to be less fearful of the hurdles of ordinary life.