It’s estimated that more than 11 million households in the Philippines share their home with a pet. If you have one, you’d know that pets actually make you happier, less stressed, and more inclined to enjoy the better things in life.
Be it a dog, cat, fish, chicken, or even a goat, the bottom line is that life with a pet is beneficial to both the mind and soul. If you don’t believe me, check out what aspects of life would improve if you had a pet in your home.
It’s proven that those with pets are generally more active than those without. Having a pet ensures that you get up and go outside for your pet’s sake, if not for your own. If it’s not for a walk, it’s a run to the store for more pet supplies, which is better than sitting on the couch all day.
Pets actually also decrease your stress and lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. And because you and your pet have your own special routine, it makes it easier for you to develop healthy habits like exercise and sleep, among other things.
So while pets are heavy on the wallet, rest assured that they’re also somewhat keeping you from getting sick or developing long-term diseases. It’s a real factor!
Pets are actually a great way to meet people! Ever walk your dog and bump into another dog owner and strike up a conversation? Or are you that pet parent that pulls up a photo of their baby every time somebody slightly asks?
The presence of your companion makes it easy for you to connect with others, which in turn fights off feelings of loneliness and isolation. That’s why many elderly people own older dogs or cats — they give the best companionship!
When you spend your time taking care of something other than yourself, you learn to be responsible for another being’s health and happiness. And while that may sound like a drag, it’s actually one of the more fulfilling things you can do in life.
Taking care of a pet can give you a boost of confidence and can also offer a sense of stability in life. In fact, many therapists recommend getting a pet if one feels symptoms of depression. Just giving your pet a good cuddle can immediately enhance your mood.
The unconditional love that your pet will give you will also increase your happiness and contentment with life.
Still not convinced? Well get a pet and try it out! For all the things they give you in return, you definitely won’t regret it.