Humans are naturally drawn to companionship, and the bond between people and their pets has developed and strengthened throughout time. Studies have shown that owning a pet has a range of positive effects on mental health, like decreasing anxiety and depressive symptoms, boosting self-esteem, and giving people a sense of purpose.
And so I wanted to share this well-researched guide, Joy of Pets: How they are Helpful for Mental Health
Here are a few of the many researched facts regarding pets and companionship:
- 84% of pet owners attest that owning a pet improves their mental health, according to the PDSA Animal Well-being (PAW) Report.
- 76% of the surveyed respondents in research, agree that interactions between pets and humans address social isolation.