Most of us with pets already see living proof of how our dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, fish (and any other of nature's little creatures) make us better people. Not only do they bring out the best in our personality, but our health too! There have been a ton of studies over the years proving that pets can help to lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety from simply petting them. They have also shown that a few minutes of petting our pets promotes a release of hormones such as serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin. All of these are knowns as "feel good" hormones.
For years, dogs have been used in nursing homes and hospitals to help humans of all ages recover from conditions that require ongoing care. Dogs have proven to be good for the mind and soul, because they provide companionship - and because it's impossible to ignore the love and contentment deep within compassionate canines eyes. They have also played an important role with managing depression, by providing a relationship founded on acceptance and unconditional love.
When we partake in our passions or indulge in our favorite method of exercise, the human body increases its' level of serotonin and dopamine. The same thing happens to our bodies when we play, hug, kiss or simply pet our canine companions.
Take a look at this heartwarming article written by a young lady who suffered from depression and anxiety. See how her canine companion helped her manage this unfortunate condition.