Psychological research has actually been conducted to determine the effects that pets have on people of all ages. Recent research reveals that by having a pet, a child’s social skills can improve! A pet can also help children learn about responsibility, friendship, love and trust. For adults and the elderly, owning a pet can actually ward of depression, lowers blood pressure, decreases anxiety and boosts the immune system!
Many people believe that furry pets will cause allergies in children. However, research gives us insight that those exposed to animals will actually have a lesser risk of developing allergies.
In addition, “playing with a dog can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine — nerve transmitters that are known to have pleasurable and calming properties.” Quite simply-animals make people calm and happy!
If having a pet is not an option, then you can instill these skills and health benefits by visiting a petting zoo or a farm or even by “pet-sitting” for a friend.