How do we love thee? Let us count the ways…


From hamsters to golden retrievers, pets are part of the family. Pets don’t judge, they just love. Always there to lend an ear (or paw), their affection is unconditional. In addition, did you know that there are also scientific benefits to having pets? As if we weren’t already convinced! Companionship, mental wellness, and exercise are a few of our favorite pet-owner things:

1. Boost Your Zen
Studies have shown that having pets can actually lead to decreased stress levels, along with lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It’s believed that their ability to fill our hearts with so much love correlates with keeping us healthier and more relaxed.

2. Boost Your Mood
From elderly companions to seeing eyes, pets make the absolute best friends. They lift your spirits when you’re down, they make you laugh, and they know exactly when you need someone to cuddle by your side. Everything seems brighter when you’re with someone you love — no matter who that someone is.

3. Boost Your Confidence
You don’t have to be a social butterfly to go on and on about your pet for hours. Whether you’re taking your dog for a walk or carrying your iguana atop your shoulder, pets are the makings of great conversation starters.

4. Boost Your Immunity
Believe it or not, having a furry friend can lead to less allergies and more efficient immune systems. Research has concluded that young children who’ve grown up with pets are less likely to develop allergies and can even fight off more germs. That’s a win-win if we’ve ever heard one!

5. Boost Your Bod
If you love to exercise, you’re in luck. Having a pet keeps you moving in turn giving way to great physical and mental health. Those early morning walks will have you gaining muscle, losing weight, and taking in ample amounts of fresh air — for an added bonus.

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Kourtney Maglione
Written by Kourtney Maglione
A 401 girl born and raised, keeping it real is how I spend most of my days. I am the Digital Content Editor dabbling in anything from visual curation and copy creation to #MotivationNation. Robert Frost said it best: “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.”