The Superpowers of Your Four-Legged Friend
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- A stronger heart: Having an animal around can improve your cholesterol and lower your blood pressure—two factors that reduce your risk for heart disease and heart attacks. On top of that, having a dog that requires daily walks is a surefire way to boost your activity level—helping your heart out even more.
- Improved moods: Those daily dog walks are also good for lifting your spirits because of the connection between exercise and mental health. On top of that, having the responsibility of taking care of a pet gives you a sense of purpose and achievement, which might be why having one boosts your self-esteem.
- More social interactions: Research shows that having a pet can help you meet new people (animal owners are 60 percent more likely to know neighbors than those without a pet). It makes sense: Pets serve as a natural conversation starter. All it takes is one “What an adorable dog!” and you might just make a new friend.
- Communicative children: Kids who have pets are often better at expressing themselves and relating to others. And if your child has autism or ADHD, having a cat or dog can offer comfort and give them a routine to focus on.