Four rea­sons why pets lift our mood

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1 UN­CON­DI­TIONAL LOVE Your four-legged friend will never ques­tion you or make you feel worse when you’re down. When things aren’t go­ing your way, they’ll be there for a lov­ing cud­dle and sup­port through thick and thin.

2 SELF-WORTH Tak­ing care of a pet is a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity and the fact your pet is to­tally re­liant on you can bring great feel­ings of plea­sure and self­worth. This is es­pe­cially the case after re­tire­ment which can make some peo­ple feel adrift.

3 ROU­TINE Hav­ing a strict rou­tine in life can be an in­stant mood booster. Tak­ing care of a pet means forc­ing your­self to get up in the morn­ing to let them out­side and make sure they have some break­fast. For some peo­ple, tak­ing a dog for a walk forces them to get out and en­joy some fresh air.

4 DO­ING GOOD Adopt­ing a pet from a res­cue cen­tre can pro­vide you with a great sense of sat­is­fac­tion and ful­fill­ment in know­ing you have given an an­i­mal in need a lov­ing, car­ing home.

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