A recent survey reports that almost 60% of Americans are happier to see their pets when they get home than their spouse or children. I don’t know how accurate that report is. It definitely shows how happy our pets make us! Just having a pet is proven to help increase mood and behavior. They can also help us mentally through some of the toughest times in our life.
Doga (Yoga with Your Dog)
I know this sounds a little weird, but doing yoga with your dog is a great way to strengthen your bond with them. It also improves your overall health at the same time. Now don’t go putting your dog in a headstand pose. But, check out a few poses you CAN pull off with your new workout partner: Getting Down with DOGA.
Art can be very beneficial in terms of therapeutic results. Admiring fine art and creating your own (even if you’re not very good) are great therapy treatments. They allow your mind to become free and whole. Our pets can be a source of inspiration when it comes to creating art.
Dogs have an amazing ability to read our feelings. They help us soothe through bonding and overall love. This bonding experience can be vital for our American soldiers. It happens when they return home after duty. War is undoubtedly traumatic in nature. Bonding with a dog helps increase levels of a hormone called Oxytocin. This hormone improves trust. It also improves the ability to interpret facial expressions. It also helps people overcome paranoia, and has other pro-social effects.
Dogs are truly wonderful friends. Whether you’re currently battling issues or just trying to maintain a healthy mind. They can even act as a treatment tool to help you achieve your goals. We encourage you to explore your local dog-related resources. Kickstart a new healthy habit today!