100 Ways to Cope With Stress – Day 24 – Pet a friendly dog or cat

If you haven’t tried this one for relieving stress, you’ve really missed out on something great! At the link below, experts talk about the health benefits from our furry friends. To quote one of them:

“Another big benefit of being in the presence of a pet is that it can induce relaxation. The simple act of petting an animal is known to cause a person’s blood pressure to drop, says Alan Beck, ScD, director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University.

The relaxation doesn’t just affect people, it affects the animal, too. “We’ve shown that when you pet a dog, not just your heart rate slows down and blood pressure drops, but so does the animal’s,” Beck says. This indicates a true, mutual human-animal bond.”

I do believe God gave us animals as pets for this very reason. There is indeed a mutual bond of love between pet and owner. Love is evident. Stress is relieved.

I have had a dog all of my life, and I know for a fact when I take the time to sit down to brush or stroke my dog, I can feel my worries subside. God is so good to help us like this!

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/aging/furry-friends-can-aid-your-health.htm

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