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Dogs And Puppies Make You Happier

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A benefit to owning a dog; they make you happier.

Petting your dog can increase oxytocin or the feel-good hormone and decrease cortisol levels in your brain. Some people experienced increased output of endorphins and dopamine after just 5 minutes of being with their dog. Other research shows that bringing a dog to work can help reduce stress and make the work day better.

Can interacting with my dog make me happier?

Research has shown that interacting with one’s dog can, in fact, make you happier. Several hormones can be released including Oxytocin, which is a powerful hormone. When we hug or kiss a loved one, oxytocin levels drive up. This hormone is also greatly stimulated during sex, birth, breastfeeding—the list goes on.

Researchers measured oxytocin levels in people’s urine before and after interacting with dogs. The study found that the dogs had a 130% rise of oxytocin in their urine after spending time with their owner. Owners had 300% increase of oxytocin in their urine! This research suggested that human-dog interactions elicit the same type of oxytocin positive feedback loop as seen between mothers and their infants!

Another study found that petting your dog increases

  • β-endorphin – body’s natural substance with morphine-like actions!
  • Prolactin – a hormone that helps produce milk in women and helps with reproductive health in both males and females!
  • Β-Phenylethylamine – amplifies the activity of the main neurotransmitters for increased longevity, slower aging, higher performance, a sense of wellbeing, and a renewed youthful-functioning body!
  • Dopamine – involved in movement, motivation, reward, and addiction. The pleasure hormone!

So not only are interactions with your pet important to them, but they also have health benefits for you. Now go play with your pet and live a happier healthier life!