Have you ever suffered from "the blues" (my medical term for depression) and felt sulky and, like, all lethargic? Well, if you're in the dumps and are an animal or pet lover, you'll be pleased to know owning a pet can, in fact, improve your symptoms and boost your "happy meter!" If stupid financial or responsibility issues have always kept you on the fence about owning a pet, I can understand that. Having a dog or cat does take a lot of time, care, patience and, yes, money too. You'll need to get your pet shots, food and all that jazz. But more often than not, when you adopt from a shelter, your new pet will have already received their shots and spaying or neutering. So that's a huge plus right there!
"But Randall, how can owning a pet improve my health?" you ask. Well, for starters, if you have children, research has shown that kids who grow up around furry friends are less at risk for developing crazy allergies and nastyass asthma! So if your children persist with their "Can we please get a puppy?" or "Can we please get this cute cat?" begging, just remember that adopting a pet is to their benefit as well as yours! Scientifically, babies and children, with prolonged exposure to dogs, cats and the bacteria they carry around, can acquire somewhat of a resistance to all that nastiness!
If you're someone who is always on the go, making a ton of moves while your heart races and blood pressure shoots through the roof, then you should definitely consider adopting a pet. According to WebMD, one scientific study focusing on a bunch of high-strung, stockbroking pet owners (all of whom had high blood pressure) found their blood pressure levels during stressy times were significantly lower than those without a dog or cat in their lives! How do you like them bananas?
There's no doubt about it, stupid: numerous studies have all shown, time and again, those suffering from depression and anxiety benefit from having a special furry loved one in their lives. Paws, tails and all, our furry dogs and cats make the greatest companions. They enable us to shift our attention from all of our woes and the day-to-day suckiness of being a human, to caring for our pets and giving them our love. They soothe our souls and help us deal with life's pressures.
So help yourself. Improve your health and adopt a cat or dog today! There are so many out there right now that need a loving home, and they are ready to be your ticket to sweet serenity! They're like furry, quiet therapists (and won't charge you for sessions)! They will always support you and be there to remind you that you are not alone! What can be better than that?