How Dogs Contribute To Your Health And Happiness

  • 02/12/2018
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Dogs have always been man’s best friend, way back since our hunter-gatherer days. In today’s fast-paced world, it can often seem as though we have little in common with our ancestors, but our relationships with dogs are one of the few shared links that have held strong throughout the years.

Our canine friends have remained a part of our lives throughout the years because of the impact that they have on our health and happiness. It turns out that they’re not just cute companions but rather that they can have a real impact on our overall health and wellbeing. Here’s how.

How Dogs Help

 1.    They reduce stress

Dogs are often used as therapy animals for people with anxiety, autism or post-traumatic stress disorder because they’re so good at helping us to reduce stress. Many companies allow their employees to bring their dogs to work for this very reason. “We’ve seen a 12% increase in productivity since allowing people to bring their dogs to work,” says John Ottway of AssignmentMasters. “A large part of this comes from reduced sickness due to stress and mental health days.”

2.    They boost creativity

As a freelancer who works from home, I’m well aware of how having a four-legged friend can help to inspire me and to keep me going throughout the day. Whenever I get stuck on an article, I play with my pet for ten minutes and let my mind wander. By the time that I’m back in front of the computer, I usually know what needs to come next.

3.    They make you live longer

Owning a dog can reduce your risk of premature death by a third, and dog owners also have a lower risk of heart disease. Part of this is because they tend to get more exercise. After all, if you have a dog, you have to walk it. These regular walks can make a huge difference to your overall health and fitness.

4.    They increase oxytocin

Interacting with dogs increases the amount of oxytocin that your body produces. Also known as “the love hormone”, it’s a neurotransmitter that reduces fear and increases trust, ultimately helping you to be more relaxed.

5.    They help you to make friends

There’s a certain camaraderie between dog owners, and it’s not uncommon for them to get to know the other owners in the area and to make friends with them. It’s only natural to chat with people if your dogs are playing together, and this can help to boost your confidence and your overall social skills.


If you want to live a happy life, get a dog. After all, they reduce stress, boost creativity, make you live longer, increase oxytocin and help you to be social. There are myriad advantages and a few disadvantages to giving a dog a home, and you can even do some good in the world by adopting from a shelter. What’s stopping you?

Check out my Author bio here:
Sara Williams is an editor, journalist, writer from San Jose. She likes to read the world classics, travelling, to engage in yoga. Almost all spare time she spares to reading. Meet her on  Linkedin and Twitter

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