If you are having an awful day at work, at school, or anywhere else, you simply cannot wait to get home and receive one huge sloppy kiss from you K9 companion. Dog owners know one simple fact – dogs make us happy. They lighten our mood and brighten our day. They simply are a bundle of joy despite chewing our shoes, dragging our clothes all over the house, rolling on mud after being bathe for the third time.
But little do most people know, dogs have their own ways of making us healthier. Yes. You read it right. Dogs make us healthier. One of the many health benefits we can get from our four-legged furry buddy is that pet dogs help fight depression.
According to a study published in AIDS Care aptly titled “AIDS Diagnosis and Depression in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study: The Amerliotaing Impact of Pet Ownership,” people who owned dogs were significantly less likely to fall into depression, compared with those who didn’t own any dog. However, this was present in HIV-infected men, only.
But the idea that dogs help fight against depression has been backed up by numerous scientific studies in the not-so distant past. Studies have shown that dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin are released when human beings interact with dogs. These neurotransmitters are in a way responsible for our happiness and they also ameliorate the effects of depression.
The other health benefits are listed in the following colorful infographic that we have prepared for you. Scroll down and find out why you should continually thank your pet dog for keeping you in tiptop shape and improving your health.