Pets can be a great source of happiness for us humans. In fact, studies show that people with pets are happier, live longer, and are more fulfilled in life.
There are many reasons for this, as I’ll discuss in a minute, but first let me say that having a pet is not for everyone.
If you do think it might be for you, though, it is important to know the reasons you want a pet, realize the responsibilities associated with it, and understand the kind of pet that’s best for you.
you a “dog person”, for example? Or is a cat more appropriate for your
personality and lifestyle? Or is neither the right fit for you - so perhaps a
bird, rabbit, fish, or ferret is better.
Whatever the situation, it's a good idea to consider a pet as one option for increasing your happiness.
Here are just some of the many benefits of owning a pet (and some reasons why they can help make us happier):
Another not-so-typical example of how a pet can improve life is provided by that of my wife and our previous dog, Sunny – a beautiful, smart, gentle, loving Golden Retriever (sadly, Sunny died recently). Here's my wife, Jill, with Sunny...
Every week she would take him to the children’s ward of our local hospital to play and just hang out with the sick children. Some of these kids were very, very sick – many even terminally ill – and it was amazing how just an hour or so with Sunny would brighten their day (which gave my wife lots of joy, happiness, and fulfillment, too).
Believe it or not, she even experienced times where kids who were in a coma would “react” positively to Sunny’s presence. Parents would tell her that it was the most they had seen their child respond to anything since they were in the coma. It was truly amazing.
So, you see, there are many ways a pet can brighten your life and the lives of others.
Again, though, even with all the physical and psychological benefits of owning a pet, it is not all fun and games. Depending on the type of animal you choose, pet ownership is usually a significant responsibility (which, as mentioned above, can also help provide a positive sense of meaning and purpose).
Just make sure to consider it carefully. Some things to think about before getting a pet:
Yes, getting a pet can be a wonderful thing for many people. It’s important, however, to understand all the implications and responsibilites of pet ownership.
If it’s right for you, consider it as a means to a better
quality of life and find out for yourself why pets can help you...
BeHappy! my friends
Oh, and for some great info on pet ownership, here are some MUST HAVE resources to help you be better prepared and get the most out of your experience...
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