A dog’s life

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Informed -

Ther­apy dog ses­sions are gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity on univer­sity cam­puses world­wide, es­pe­cially be­fore exam time. Now re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia have found that even a sin­gle drop-in ses­sion where stu­dents cud­dle dogs can boost their well­be­ing. Re­searchers sur­veyed 246 stu­dents im­me­di­ately be­fore and af­ter the ses­sions, and again 10 hours later, and found par­tic­i­pants re­ported a sig­nif­i­cant drop in stress lev­els as well as in­creased hap­pi­ness and en­ergy im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards, com­pared to those who didn’t at­tend. Even 10 hours later, stu­dents felt more sup­ported and slightly less stressed.

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