Benefits of Having a Pet, According to Science

“Pets are believed to speed up recovery in patients with major illnesses. There are people who think that having pets at home makes kids and elders prone to allergies – but it has been scientifically proven that kids growing up with pets are at lesser risk of allergies and asthma.”

Thinking of your pet as part of the family could help you get over social rejection. A study in the journal Anthrozoös asked volunteers to think about a past experience when they’d felt rejected, then to name a photo of a cat, dog, person, or toy. When asked about their feelings again, those who named an animal or a toy with humanlike qualities felt less negatively than those who’d given names to people. The researchers say people inclined to treat animals or objects like people (like when you talk to your pet) are also more prone to having traits like empathy and unconventional thinking to guard them against that negativity. Here are 13 astounding secrets your dog knows about you.

 

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