Health benefits of the Human-Animal Bond

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  • Source of pleasure
  • Promotes the act of caring and nurturing
  • Pleasure, soothing and calming effects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Encourages touch, physical activity and exercise
  • Increased social interaction
  • Improved social, motivational and scholastic aptitudes

 

 

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  • Decreases loneliness and anxiety
  • Stimulates conversation
  • Promise of hope, daily structure and a reason to live
  • Internal positive feelings

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Increases oxytocin levels
  • Lowered levels of stress hormones (e.g. cortisol, aldosterone, adrenaline)
  • Lowered heart rate
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Reduced anxiety