The Importance Of Pets Good For Your Emotional Well-Being

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Are pets good for your emotional well-being?

Having pets I personally believe is a good idea and something that effects our emotional wellbeing. I feel that having a pet not only gives you companionship but also a sense of belonging. A study posted in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology posted (McConnel, Brown, Shoda, Stayton, & Martin, 2011)“We observed evidence that pet owners fared better, both in terms of well-being outcomes and individual differences, than non-owners on several dimensions,” said lead researcher Allen R. McConnell, PhD, of Miami University in Ohio. These studies also showed that “pet owners had greater self-esteem, were more physically fit, tended to be less lonely, were more conscientious, were more extraverted,
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Being more physically active, being more conscientious and less fearful of life’s obstacles. Some of the added benefits are having someone to look after other than yourself. Animals are good listeners and they can help lessen allergens in household were children grow up with pets. They help take your mind off concerns and allow you to relax from everyday worrying and they can lessen you isolation in the case of dogs because you can take your dog to a dog park and socialize with other dog owners in a non-threatening environment, and both cats and dogs love you unconditionally (Hark, 2013). While dogs may be seen as the primary support animal cat too can be the emotional support people seek as well. Cats share similar traits with dogs in terms of being empathetic and good listeners to a person who is feeling down and just needs a non-judgmental friend to talk to and that is where a cat can come …show more content…
Another study showed that over a 10 year 30% of participants were less likely to die of heart attack or stroke then those without a cat. Other studies showed that cat owners were more likely to be considered nicer and in fact 90% of British woman found men who owned cats were deemed as nicer. These same studies found “cat owner quieter and introverted” while dog owners were more outgoing. According to a Swiss study as stated in the same article “having a cat in the house is the emotional equivalent of having a romantic partner” Basically having a cat is the same if not better than having a dog in the household in my

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