Four reasons why pets lift our mood
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.