The start of the holiday season is a time to reflect upon the year, express gratitude for good tidings, and give thanks for all that we have. While many of us sit down for a holiday feast surrounded by family and friends, it is worth giving some attention to your other family members—the four-legged ones. Your pets, which are undoubtedly adored by the whole family, also bring many positive benefits into your life. From health to love, their contributions are much to be thankful for.
Here are some of the best reasons to be thankful for your pets this season, and all year long.
Five Reasons to be Thankful for Pets
Pets are Always Excited to See You
Whether you are gone for five minutes or five hours, your dogs will act like you have been gone for five days when you arrive back home. Squeals, jumps, and tail-wagging celebrations every time you enter? What’s not to love about that? Having a pet that is always excited to see you is a warm n’ fuzzy moment to appreciate over and over again.
Pets Have a Positive Influence on Your Children
Studies have shown a household with pets makes for more well-rounded children. Not only do they learn the value in taking care of another, owning a pet encourages childhood responsibility and maturity. Children with pets display higher self-esteem, better health, and more social skills than children with animal free homes. In addition, sharing the love for mans-best-friend forges stronger bonds among siblings. Now that is something to be thankful for!
Pets Make You Happier
Under normal circumstances, the family pet’s loving nature and warm presence are a constant mood lifter. When you are happy or generally content, they only add to your happiness. When your mood has taken a turn, or when life throws you some unfortunate circumstances, it is near impossible to stay down in the dumps when your furry family members give you “puppy dog eyes” and warm affection.
Pets Help Keep You Healthy
Pets, especially dogs, love and need their exercise, which helps keep the entire family active. Staying active with daily dog walks help keep the entire family young beyond their years. Aside from activity, household pets have proven to lower stress, reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, and increase overall health.
Pets Teach Unconditional Love
To your pet, it doesn’t matter who you are, where you came from, or what you look like. Your pet sees you as its leader and it couldn’t care less if you’re sitting on top of the world or not looking or feeling your best. If you’re sick in bed, your dog or cat will likely enjoy lying around on you all day. If you are happy as a clam, your pet will love playing by your side. On your best days and during your worst, a pet’s love is completely and utterly unconditional.
Pets, including working pets or service dogs, fulfill a purpose far greater than most realize. From unconditional love to a healthier family, the benefits of having animal companions hold no boundaries. During this season of thanks, take some time to show some gratitude towards your pets. Give them some extra attention, a few healthy dog treats, and a big thank you for everything they bring into your life.