12 February 2012
The Benefit of a Pet on a Persons Life
Owning a pet can make a person happier, allow them to be healthier and increase their lifespan. Having a pet in the home can be quite beneficial. It appears that more and more claims of pets increasing peoples overall health have been made by researchers every year (Scott1). It involves many different characteristics of pets. Including chemicals in their body, their overall behavior and the responses.
Pets can make people happier in multiple ways. One way is just the normal happy feeling some say. But it turns out that happy feeling is actually a release of serotonin and dopamine in the brain (Johnson 2) “People what take drugs like heroin and cocaine most likely do the drug to undergo the feeling of serotonin and dopamine being released. A healthy alternative is to simply pet a cat!” (Alan Beck). Pets also provide companion ship. Researchers show that while we think receiving companionship and support if the key to happiness, actually, providing support for other is what really makes us happy (H. Project2). So, by caring for a pet we accomplish the feeling of supporting others. Petting a pet fulfills the human need to touch. Providing sensory is a additive to stress relief (Lawrence1). For older adults a pet an ideal factor to happiness, helping them find meaning and joy in their lives, as well as adding structure and routine to their day (Lawrence2).
For 25years researchers have shown that living with a pet can create certain health benefits (Davis1). Pets boost immunity, lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety (Davis1). Pet owners over the age of 65 make 30% less visits to the doctor (Lawrence1). Male pet owners have less sign of heart disease, lower triglyceride and LDL levels (Researchers4). For people with diabetes, a sudden drop in the level of blood glucose can be very serious. Some dogs can alert their owners of a...