Dogs and cats are more than just snugly, loveable cuddle buddies. Theyre our confidants, our best friends, and our workout partners. With all the benefits of owning a pet, there is often one benefit that is overlooked. We often dont realize that our pets have plenty to teach us. They listen to us, so why shouldnt we listen to them?
Research has suggested that people who try to multi-task actually suffer memory loss and short-attention spans. Focusing on one task at a time can be beneficial and may cause you to be more efficient in your work. Just like a dog, giving one object or task your undivided attention, can give your work a boost in quality versus quantity.
Pets sleep €“ A LOT! After a good puppy romp in the park, it isnt uncommon to see your pooch throw himself down on your soft carpet to take an afternoon snooze. Humans can benefit from naps by increasing focus and job performance. Sleeping is a way to energize your body and re-boost your alertness.
Want to fit into those skinny jeans? Taking your pup for several walks, not only benefits your pup, but it has several benefits for humans. Aside from the calories you will burn, walking also helps to: fight depression, lower the risk for type 2 diabetes, lower the risk of breast and colon cancer, keep your bones strong, and keep your mind as sharp as a tack.
Paris Hilton has nothing on your furry social butterfly. Pups and kitties tend to be huge crowd pleasers, not to mention the attention they draw to you. According to WebMD
, Researchers in Australia followed 1,500 older people for 10 years. Those with the most friends were 22% less likely to die than those with the fewest friends." Using your pet to draw in friends and meeting new people can improve your social skills, as well as your health.
Forgive and Forget
Even though Fido may have gotten in trouble for dragging your trash across the floor, chances are, hell get over it in a few hours. Humans should take a lesson here. By letting go of old grudges, you can lower your stress level and your blood pressure.
Curiosity Didnt Always Kill the Cat
While its true that curiosity can lead to misfortunes for many animals, it doesnt have to be unfortunate for humans. Having some curiosity can spark imagination and create thought expansion. Asking questions will benefit your mental well-being and it might even give the smarter you, a boost in self-esteem.
Throw Your Inhibitions to the Wind
Dogs and cats are not bashful creatures by any means. Theyre silly and thats one reason why we love them so much. Indulging in a bit of laughter every day, can lead to a healthier heart and a better psychological well-being. Allowing yourself some fun can also relieve stress and improve your self-esteem.
Take Time to Enjoy Life
In this busy world, its very difficult to always stop and smell the roses. But, taking a cue from your pup and enjoying what the world has to offer, can increase your view of life. Enjoying simple aspects of nature, like sunshine or splashing in water, can enhance fitness, increase vitamin D levels, and it may even make you feel like a kid again.
Watch What You Eat
We often attempt to find the best dog or cat food for our furry best friends. Sometimes we get more concerned about our pets health then our own. Watching what we eat is just as important as what we give our pets to eat. Drinking more water gives your muscles and tissues critical fluid. Mimicking your dogs water intake can keep you hydrated and may cause you to shed some extra pounds.
Also, taking a hint from your cat can improve your diet. No, not mice! WebMD reported that eating fish, such as salmon, tuna, trout, and other fatty fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, and potentially lower your risk for developing Alzheimers disease.
Grooming isnt just for the Ladies
Whether its a girl or a boy cat, they tend to know a thing or two about grooming. They take time to make sure their fur is clean and purrfect. Proper grooming can not only lead to significant health benefits, but it can also have several positive effects on ones self-esteem.
Animals can do a lot more for us then we know, and sometimes learning from their behavior can reap beneficial rewards. Take a cue from your pet, learn to let your fur down and be a little silly.
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