Most of us are aware that having a pet, particularly a dog or cat, can provide health benefits including lowering blood pressure, lowering anxiety, and preventing allergies in children. But did you know that it can also have a positive influence on our characters?
Megan K Mueller, a developmental psychologist and professor at Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine conducted a study to discover the benefits of pets and people in everyday life. The study included 500 young adults between the ages of 18 - 26. What the study revealed was that those people who cared for pets showed more confidence, empathy and were more involved in their communities. They also showed more leadership skills and social engagement.
But don't think that just owning a pet can make you a better person. It is the pet nurturing that makes the difference. As Mueller states, "It is not just about the presence of the animals; its about the quality and nature of that relationship".
Apparently, caring for a pet has a very positive effect on us physically, psychologically and emotionally. More studies are being conducted to discover the reasons behind these wonderful benefits. In the meantime, keep nurturing your pet and if you don't have one yet, here's another good reason to get one. Please adopt from a shelter or rescue.