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The Psychological Benefits of Human and Animal Interaction

Blog | May 31st, 2016

If you own a pet, then you are very much aware that it makes you happy almost all of the time. In truth, the special relationship with your pet is actually beneficial for the both of you. Additionally, studies show that intermingling with pets helps people enjoy healthier and happier lives. As well, human and animal interaction helps improve depression, support your community, boost levels of physical activity and improves a child’s sense of self-esteem.

Interestingly, human and animal interaction has been one of the most distinctive and lasting bonds throughout history. In fact, people have been sharing their homes and lives with tame animals for over 10,000 years.

What is more, the relationship between humans and animals goes beyond ordinary companionship. Oftentimes, people look at their pets as part of their family –pets are guardians, playmates and friends, plus they provide unconditional love, joy and security. In return, our obligation is to take care of our pets plus keep them safe, give them love, food and shelter.

Psychological Benefits of Human and Animal Interaction

According to many studies, there are numerous psychological benefits of animal and human interaction. In fact, research shows that the human and animal bond is of great importance in veterinary medicine. Plus it fulfills both animal and human needs.

Improves self-assurance – studies show that both kids and adults who own a pet have a higher self-esteem.

Depression – pets are the ideal companion, especially if you have lost a spouse. Actually, they drastically reduce depression.

Security – pets offer a warm sense of security, no matter their size and shape. In truth, people feel more secure and less of a victim of crime when at home and when out for a walk.

Reduces stress –
owning a pet lowers stress levels, explicitly in therapy sessions. In fact, pets are presently being utilized in animal assisted therapy for a variety of therapeutic and formal settings.

Mental health –
people of all ages are less lonely if they have a pet. As well, seniors generally live longer if they have a pet companion; they increase physical activity, mental function and social interaction. In addition, studies show that children with attention deficit disorder (ADD) learn to focus better which helps their concentration.

More compassion – research shows that children who grow up with a pet have more empathy and compassion, As well; they are generally more involved in activities like hobbies, sports, chores and/or clubs.