Do Dogs Make You Happier

Why and how a dog can make us happy and pick us up when we are feeling down! They say the small things in life should make you happy. It’s a proven fact that dogs actually do make you feel happy and here explains all. Dogs make you smile, give you comfort, calm your mood, […]

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Why and how a dog can make us happy and pick us up when we are feeling down!

They say the small things in life should make you happy. It’s a proven fact that dogs actually do make you feel happy and here explains all.

Dogs make you smile, give you comfort, calm your mood, and are great for mental and physical health.

Dogs do make us happy. It’s proven! Studies have shown that the brain can produce a hormone called oxytocin (also called the “love hormone”). It’s made while interacting with dogs. Oxytocin can help with depression and increases feelings of relaxation, trust, and empathy.

What is the oxytocin hormone?

Oxytocin is a peptide hormone and neuropeptide. It is usually produced in the hypothalamus and released by the posterior pituitary. It plays a role in social bonding, sexual reproduction, childbirth, and the period after delivery.

Just gazing into each other’s eyes can cause a tremendous spike in oxytocin levels in both dogs and dog owners.

Do we need oxytocin?

Wouldnt you like to feel at your best each day? Dogs can do this for you; they make you feel better and backed by science. We don’t need it to survive, but it certainly helps along the way. In life, we all want happiness; there’s not one person that doesn’t. If you a dog lover you have a significant advantage of the feeling happier day in day out, whilst spending time with your dog.

Did you know that people with low oxytocin levels suffer reduced empathy?

How does oxytocin make you feel good

Mood and depression

The chemical gets created when you are in the company of your dog. Oxytocin can act as an antidepressant, increasing a happy mood.

happy dog owner with dogs

Reasons why dogs make us happy

Dogs help you to be social.

Suppose your shy dogs can help you get out to meet people, as they are always a conversation starter. It’s natural to say hello to other dog walkers and have a bit of interaction with them. After all, both of you live your dog’s. With this, it will help your confidence.

Dogs keep you fit

Dogs can also keep you healthy in other ways, not just oxytocin, your daily walks you take them on, you can burn several calories. Walking outside will improve your mood and health. Plus you will get to spend more time with your furry friend. During daily walk’s you’re also getting your daily dose of vitamin D obtained through sun exposure. Vitamin D plays a vital role in fighting infections and depression.

Dogs are entertaining

They can do the funniest things that can instantly change your mood and make you laugh.

You’re never alone when you have a dog

if you have a dog, you don’t ever feel lonely, having that local companion by your side is a lovely thing. They don’t judge or answer you back.  They can teach us patience, compassion, generosity, and kindness.

Dogs give you comfort.

Dogs can give you unconditional love and comfort there snuggle can instantly improve your mood and feel comfort from it. Feeling down, they always know how to cheer you up, and they can even notice that you’re feeling down.

Dog therapy

Did you know there is an army of hero dogs out there, called therapy dogs? They visit care homes and hospitals up and down the UK. Therapy dogs primary purpose is to make people feel happy and provide comfort at the saddest of times. They do excellent work in children’s homes the kids love them.

Dogs don’t judge

Dog’s can see the best in everyone they don’t judge, and it doesn’t matter what colour skin you have, whether you are, fat, thin, young or old.

Conclusion

This is why we are a nation of dog lovers, and dogs are beautiful creatures. They well and truly make us happy! No wonder we treat them like children.

If you don’t have a dog and you’re wondering how they can make you happier, now you know!

About the Author

Teresa loves animals and travelling around the UK! She currently has two dogs and two cats. She loves caring for and sharing her knowledge of pets. Qualified Dog Groomer and currently studying Canine Behaviour. She has been part of the Dog Friendly Team since 2016

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