How Having a Dog Can Increase Your Happiness

How Having a Dog Can Increase Your Happiness

      Over forty million households in the U.S. own a dog, and numerous studies have demonstrated why it's so popular. Research has repeatedly shown the positive effects on a dog owner's happiness, mental health, and contentment over those who don't have a four-legged family member. A dog's unconditional enthusiasm and affection is irresistible. Your pooch is always excited to see you, and happy to be with you. Moreover, when you're feeling lonely or blue, your dog can be a consistent and comforting companion.


      Interestingly, scientists have discovered some remarkably positive physical responses in people during their interactions with their dog, in ways such as grooming or petting. Levels of the hormone oxytocin, which is associated with lower blood pressure, cortisol rates, and reduced stress and anxiety levels, are raised. In addition, during play with a dog, their owner's levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine are elevated, creating feelings of joy and serenity. Dog owners also express feelings of a sense of purpose when they care for a pet who is dependent on them for care, feeding, and affection. In return, a four-legged friend encourages its owner to get some exercise, guards their safety, and of course makes them laugh. If that's not enough, a dog may help you find human love.


     A recent survey disclosed that 60% of those who were asked, felt that dog owners were more attractive, and 85% believed they were more approachable. It seems that owning a dog provides many opportunities to love and be loved also. At Nature Gnaws we love our dogs too, and believe that our pets deserve the best. Our chews are made from 100% grass-fed, free-range, all-natural beef, completely free of hormone injections or genetic modification, and with no added flavors or preservatives - because we think that nothing's too good for our dogs.


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