A dog’s life
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.