28 March 2011

Study reveals pets reduce stress, help with post heart attack survival

When I was little, I remember overhearing someone say that petting an animal helps reduce stress. I also know that taking a few minutes in the middle of my busy day to love on our kitty face helps me calm down and gather myself. Turns out, there are studies to prove this stress-reducing theory… and more.

With 62% of American households including a pet, there are more and more studies showing the benefits of having a pet companion. From comforting children to post-heart attack survival, to getting off your butt and walking your excited puppy, pets are more than just members of your family—they help keep you sane & healthy!

The National Institutes of Health recently conducted a study consisting of 421 adults, and found that dog owners had a better one-year survival after a heart attack when compared to those individuals who did not own dogs. Not only that, a study of 240 married couples showed that pet owners had lower heart rates and blood pressure as compared to those without pets. So give your little furry (or feathery, leathery or scaly companion) a little more love today and every day, because they deserve some credit for that good mood & loving smile of yours.

Kelly Beth | @veganbotanicals
Kelly Beth is a smiley vegan herbalist and wanderer, and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with her fiancé and kitty (kitty face). She created twig & leaf botanicals, a vegan & organic herbal apothecary 3 years ago to bring healthy, plant-based alternatives to mainstream medicine and home care. Follow Kelly Beth on her blog and Facebook.

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