Pets can be a great source of happiness. Here's my wife, Jill, with our dog, Sunny...
Studies show that people with pets are happier, live longer, and enjoy more fulfillment in life.
But certainly, having a pet is not for everyone. And if it might be for you, you should understand what kind of pet is best for you. Are you a dog person, for example? Or is a cat more appropriate for your personality and lifestyle? Or is neither the right fit - and perhaps a bird or ferret is better for you.
Whatever the situation, it's a good idea to consider as one option for increasing your happiness.
Owning a pet is not all fun and games, though. Pet ownership is a responsibility (which, in addition to some negative aspects of pet ownership - mostly minor - can also help provide a sense of purpose). Just make sure to consider it carefully. Some things to think about before getting a pet:
Be sure you want a pet for the right reasons. Many times individuals will purchase a pet thinking that it is an opportunity to make them walk each day, but in time the individual often grows tired of the routine and falls back into their old routine - the pet all but forgotten.
Make sure that you can afford a pet. Some things to plan for are food, toys and vet bills.
Make sure you are going to be comfortable cleaning up after your pet. Some pets are easier to care for than others.
Think about the age that you are, and about the age of the pet that would suit your situation best. If you are a younger person, purchasing a puppy might be a good idea. Older people may find an older homeless animal an ideal pet.
Always plan. For example, who will take care of your pet when you are gone?
Come back soon to help you understand more about how and why pets can help you to...