Loyal, protective, and always happy to see you, the dog has been a human’s buddy for many thousands of years. Cat people, here’s a word, scientists have proof that dogs make us laugh more than cats, keep us more active than the average human companion, and even reduce our chances of depression. So, if you need a little more convincing, or you need to convince someone else in the house, here are 5 cold hard facts for why you should own a dog.
1. A dog will make you laugh more
As mentioned in the intro there is proof dogs make us laugh more than usual. They look at you as their best friend making them act silly and funny every time you are around. Just compare it to yourself when you are around your best friends, quite crazy and goofy right!? Furthermore, laughter is very important in life because it has many health benefits. It can boost your immune system, help you relax and reduce stress related illnesses such as high blood pressure. A life filled with laughter, is a good life.
2. A dog helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle
And there are more health benefits related to dog ownership. Dogs love to play, chase and run. A dog will keep you active even when you don’t feel like doing anything. When it is time for their walks, they will come and find you, and give you their intense, meaningful looks. Those deep eyes, and expectant faces will get you off your lazy butt every day of the week. In this way, you will get your daily dose of fresh air and follow an active health promoting lifestyle.
3. We are more social with a Dog
During those daily walks, you a more likely to encounter other dogs and dog owners. Also, when you go to a dog’s playground you often end up having some small talk with other dog owners. In this way dogs connect people because who doesn’t like to share the funny stories about the crazy habits your dog has that gives you comfort every day.
4. Dogs will teach you to be Zen
Live in the moment, and follow your own wisdom, that is what Zen is about. Telling someone to “live in the moment” is similar to telling someone to “buy low and sell high”. Easy to say, but very difficult to do. However, dogs make living in the moment seem easy, because that is what they naturally do every second of the day. Some people mistake this to mean that dogs do not feel or do not have memories. Quite the opposite, dogs feel very strongly, and they can have very detailed memories of things. Just like us, they may feel stressed, or depressed. However, the key difference is they move on and leave the past behind.
5. Dogs genuinely make us happy
Just the simple act of making eye contact with your furry friend can release the feel-good chemical called oxytocin. In a study that measured oxytocin levels from two groups of dog owners, the group that was instructed not to look directly at their dog had lower oxytocin levels than the other group that made regular eye contact. Spending time with your dog can help you feel more calm and relaxed, reducing stress and increasing happiness. Playing with your furry friend increases your brain’s levels of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are neurotransmitters associated with pleasure and tranquility. So the next time you’re feeling down, grab the newest toy and spend some time with your dog! That wagging tail will be sure to put a smile on your face.
In conclusion, Yes, we may dole out treats to our dogs, but they give us the biggest treat of all: health, happiness and years of slobbery kisses. And it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t mention that getting a pet is a big deal. While owning a dog is a wonderful experience, just make sure you’re ready for the responsibility. Before actually purchasing a dog, consider fostering one for a few weeks to get the feel for what kind of schedule you’ll have to keep. And if you’re ready to welcome a four-legged, wagging tail into your heart, make sure to let us know.