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Mental Health and The Pet Effect

Living in the modern demanding world can have a detrimental effect on our mental health. It’s become the norm to experience things such as depression and anxiety and that can take a toll on your life. Pets have been scientifically proven to help reduce the effects of anxiety and depression and improve their owners lives.

People’s lives have been changed forever from technologies like social media and smartphones. These technologies have allowed us to connect in ways that were never possible in the past, but it has also increased the speed and amount of news and information we consume. This overwhelming amount of information can have a negative effect on one’s mental health, but there’s an answer sitting at home for you. Your furry friend.

This is called the Pet Effect, the bond you have between your pet and you which is mutually beneficial to the health of both of you. Any pet owner knows the benefits of the companionship of a furry friend in their lives. Because of this 98% of pet owners consider their pet a member of the family.

It has been found that spending time with a companion animal can have a greatly positive effect on your mental health. It has been found that just interacting with your animal will decrease the amount of anxiety and stress immediately and increase oxytocin in your brain. Oxytocin is linked to feelings of calmness and love. These animals have also been found to decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation in individuals increasing their quality of life.

Feeling lonely, don’t pick up your phone, take your furry friend to the park!

https://mhanational.org/blog/better-mental-health-experience-pet-effect

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