When you’re really stressed, talking to friends and family can help, but the best solution is to snuggle up with a furry friend according to a recent blurb in Prevention.
Dr. James J. Blascovich, Ph.D., a psychology professor from the University of California, said, “ Having your pet, whether a cat or a dog, with you during a stressful event turns out to be more soothing than a best friend or a spouse.”
I’ve done this! Come home after a rough day, scooped up the cat, and just hung out on the couch. She demands so little from me and is happy to snuggle up and return the love. Whether you’re a dog person or a cat person, it can be just the thing you need. Then you can talk to your buddy or hubs about your rough day.
What do you think? Have you gone to your pooch first before your husband? This might explain the latent jealousy my husband sometimes has for Sydney, our little black cat.
Pets can be therapeutic in other ways as well. There was a study done that showed having pets around can control blood pressure better than ACE inhibitors. Another study showed that inhabitants of nursing homes preferred visits from compassionately trained dogs than their own relatives.
Becoming less stressed has been one of the most buzzed about topics this past year. I have gone to conferences and read dozens of blogs and magazine articles that address ways to find balance. But with over 62% of households owning pets, perhaps the best solution is literally underfoot. Give your pet a little love and let them return the favor.
What do you think? Does your pet help you live a better life? Do you prefer a snuggle with your pooch over your partner? What’s your favorite pet moment?