Never underestimate the Power of Dogs. Dogs are truly remarkable creatures. They’re loyal, funny, loveable and… good for your mental health? It’s true. Studies have found that having a furry family member can actually improve your mental health and potentially ward off mental health issues that may have otherwise resulted.
Power of Dogs: Nature
It’s no secret that dogs are intuitive in many ways. They may not speak or write our language, but they surely know what is going on. Dogs make it their job, naturally, to observe our emotional state – for a better understanding of how to live with us. This is due to their instinct to act as a ‘pack’.
It has been proven that dogs can read eyes to understand emotion, watch gestures to predict your next move and even read our facial expressions and hand gestures to tell what type of mood we are in. So when we speak of compassion and bonds between dog and owner, both dog and human play a vital role in this relationship.
Power of Dogs: The Bond
Through many studies conducted, it has been scientifically proven that those who live and work around dogs have much lower blood pressure than those without. Dog owners are also less likely to suffer from depression in the short and long term. Dogs can actually increase levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain to ward off depression and increase overall happiness – something that medication often assists with in depression patients.
The American Heart Association has also proven that dog owners over the age of 65 have 30% fewer visits to their physician than non-dog owners. In the studies, dogs also tended to ease loneliness, therefore reducing anxiety as well. Companionship and the bond between a dog and his/her owner is strong. It’s no wonder these furry creatures have been deemed ‘man’s best friend’.
Now, we all know that there are many factors that contribute to good mental health. However, we are not disputing that life is surely better off with a dog. So, when it comes to wanting a dog, kids, remember to state the facts to mom and dad. That having a dog as a member of the family can help improve the family’s mental health – it’s true – it’s been proven. So what are you waiting for? Go out and rescue a dog in need!