Did you know that scientific research shows that the human-animal bonding relationship between humans and animals helps them live happier, healthier lives?
Humans and animals have always shared a very special bond. Whether it’s helping people with disabilities in navigating their environments, alleviating tension for veterans of war, or just acting as a social facilitator for timid people. Animals make it possible for people who would otherwise feel alienated in society to adjust to situations that supposedly make them uncomfortable into something comfortable, and anyone who has ever had a pet doesn’t need a scientific explanation of the bond shared.
The bonds we have with our dogs, cats, birds, horses, and other animals transcend beyond words. How animals can sense our moods and brings us joy and calm that rivals even the closest human relationships in our lives. In fact, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) defines the human-animal bond as “…a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals.” Indeed, humans have benefited from this one-of-a-kind relationship for thousands of years. Animals were so important to early humans’ daily life that there is evidence that we would not have lived or flourished without them.
As the human-animal bond has evolved and changed, it stands to reason that it will continue to evolve as people’s relationships with various animals change.
How the human-animal bond can benefit us?
People can benefit from the human-animal bond, same as animals can benefit from us. If you’re a pet owner or a member of a wildlife preserve, we make sure they have shelter, protection, medical care, food, and affection. Humans, on the other hand, can benefit from their companion animals in a different way. However, the different ways in which humans benefit may go beyond basic needs:
Increase physical fitness
Physical activity is required when caring for an animal, whether it be a dog, cat, horse, cow, or sheep. And living with a pet who has a regular routine is a great way to get off the couch and get more exercise.
However, we have a habit to become a little lazy at times and if this describes you, a dog is the best remedy! Every day, they’ll drag you out the front door and force you to run around the park. Yes, a dog is arguably the best personal trainer a person could have.
Improve immune system
Pets spend a lot of time outside, bringing all kinds of dirt and diseases into your home. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; the extra bacteria might help boost your immunity to colds and other minor ailments. In fact, previous studies suggested that babies who live with a dog have fewer infections and are overall healthier than those who do not.
Improve social interaction
Pets, because of their many needs, present us with several possibilities to interact with our friends and neighbors. Having a pet is a wonderful way to easily meet new people and form friendships, especially if you’re not very good at small conversation. You never know, having a dog can help you meet your soulmate!
Lower stress levels
Humans have been demonstrated to feel less stressed after petting an animal. The added activity and reduced stress that comes with owning a pet can often result in lower blood pressure. Fortunately, pets can help us unwind— caressing your cat or simply watching a fish swim around in an aquarium can help you forget about your concerns. Moreover, recent studies have shown that pet owners have lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels than people who don’t own a pet. That means having a pet can lower your risk of having a heart attack later in life.
Service and therapy animals are essential to their handlers because they help with daily routines, such as emotional and mental support, and recovery from traumatic experiences. Because of how loving and caring animals are, they provide us with unbiased, unconditional emotional support and affection, that sometimes we feel as if we don’t deserve them.
Caring for an animal is a big responsibility, but when you consider all of the benefits aforementioned above, it’s well worth it. Whether you adopt a cat, dog, horse, or hamster, they’ll make excellent pets.