Pets: Life’s great listeners.
Dec 13 2010
It all starts with a pet’s unconditional love and acceptance. From the moment they enthusiastically greet you at the door, to snuggling around your legs while you watch TV, a pet just loves you regardless of your bank balance or popularity. And that's incredibly empowering.
More and more studies show that when we interact with pets, our brains produce chemicals that fill us with a sense of well-being. That's why going for a walk, or just spending a bit of time stroking your faithful pet is so beneficial.
According to a recent Purina study, 90% of Canadians talk to their pets, with nearly a third divulging their biggest secrets. Research shows that children tend to confide in pets first, over their mother, father or siblings. This tendency attests to the human need for companionship that is judgment-free, which pets offer naturally. So it's no wonder that pets have become our companions, our therapists, and our rocks in tough times.
Bernard Williams once said: ‘There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face’ - and he couldn’t have been more right.