Do dogs make people happy? Let’s first find out the definition of happy to determine what it means to people. Happy is defined as feeling or showing pleasure or contentment. Happiness is a sense of wellness or joy. And It’s the opposite of sadness. When you are practicing a healthy lifestyle you will also have a happy mind and body. Happiness can improve your health by reducing stress and lowering the risk of diseases.
I want to share these 6 keys to happiness that I think are important: live in the now, exercise to be happy, be generous, help others, smile or laugh out loud, surround yourself with positive people. My favorite is to surround yourself with positive people because I know when I’m surrounded by positivity I feel better. So let’s talk about dogs and do dogs make people happy?
As some of you know I have 2 dogs that are both rescues. They joined our family at different times and have impacted our family in many ways. Since I’m the main caretaker of the dogs and they do have health issues, it takes up some of my time. I never knew before that rescue dogs would have so many health issues. This is just my experience but I highly recommend to always look for ways to rescue a dog first. Just be prepared that it could cause increased vet bills and a time commitment. With proper diet and necessary nutrients they can be healthy companions. I recommend this resource for starting and keeping a healthy path with a dog. Click here for my recommended resource.
How do dogs increase your mood?
Some people thrive when they have a companion so why not have a dog? They listen well and they don’t talk back. A study done in 2019 has proven that petting a dog can calm anxiety and decrease loneliness. In older adults especially owning a dog promoted companionship, increased socialization, gives a sense of purpose and gives a sense of meaning. These are all benefits to improving and maintaining mental health in older adults.
For children and young adults, having a dog can help in many ways. They help to increase exercise, reduce depression, and help with a sense of achievement. Helping with a sense of achievement is accomplished when a person is taking care of a pet by feeding, walking and playing with the pet. The act of petting a dog can calm and relax a younger person when stressed or anxious.
Having a dog can help children with autism or ADHD. They can largely benefit from handling a dog and caring for a dog. They can help with feeding, walking and playing with the dog everyday. Playing with a dog releases energy and helps children with autism or ADHD be calmer at night.
Check out this video from a vet, Dr. Dobias, on 7 tips to keep your dog healthy and happy:
Do dogs make you live longer?
A study done in 2019 by the American Heart Association, proves that people have a 24% risk reduction for death for any cause. The study found that people were less likely to die from heart disease most likely due to the increase in outdoor physical activity like walking the dog or playing. In addition, a professor from Tulane School of Medicine, Keith C. Ferndinand, says dogs support many factors dealing with health including improving mental and physical health and cardiovascular diseases. I would agree dogs can make us live longer. It’s such a good feeling to have a companion that is so loyal like a dog.
What is the cuddle chemical and love hormone?
Have you heard of Oxytocin? It’s also known as the cuddle chemical or love hormone. When we pet a dog the human brain produces Oxytocin which is a hormone in our body. It helps us reduce stress and anxiety. And also increases feelings of relaxation, empathy and trust. Dogs can be seen helping at college campuses for students during testing time. There are also therapy dogs that visit at hospitals to help patients. So pet a dog and see how you feel.
What are the benefits of having a dog?
According to Psychology Today, science has proven that dogs do make people happy. There are many benefits that can help people of all ages with mental and physical health. Here is a list:
- Dogs improve your mood
- Dogs make you feel loved
- Dogs lower your stress
- Dogs help you to be social
- Dogs keep you healthy and fit
How do we keep our dogs happy?
It’s only fair that if we are happy that we do everything possible to keep our dogs happy. But what if you notice the signs and you know your dog isn’t feeling well. Maybe the signs would be low energy, not eating, not breathing properly or not urinating regularly. It’s important to keep your dog on a healthy well-balanced diet with the proper nutritional value. If you want to learn more about caring for your dog please click here. There are lots of wonderful articles to educate you on becoming the best dog parent you can be. Dogs help us with our wellness so let’s be sure to help them back.
Do dogs make people happy? I think so but I encourage you to think carefully when deciding on getting a dog. Having a dog is a big responsibility but so rewarding. There is also an expense that comes with dog ownership like purchasing food, treats, vet bills and such. The health and wellness benefits are amazing! Please comment below and let me know if you have had an experience owning a dog. Do you have any tips for owning a dog? I would love to hear from you! My dogs make me so happy and I’m glad they are part of our family!
Here are my dogs for you to see. Peachy is the white dog and Buddy is the brown dog. Both are rescues and the best dogs ever!