What was the one thing you wanted most growing up? For many, the answer is the same—a pet! They provide unconditional love, teach responsibility, and bring us joy, but did you know they also provide us with better health?
Pets Increase Our Overall Health
Your first thought of the health benefits of owning a pet may seem obvious—they entice us to get outside more and exercise. While these are both important to our wellbeing, there’s more to it than that. Studies have shown that owning a pet can help decrease blood pressure, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, reduce feelings of loneliness, and provide increased opportunities for socialization.
Frequently overlooked health benefits of owning a pet are socialization and companionship. However, Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health at Cigna, Dr. Douglas Nemecek, wrote, “Loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, making it even more dangerous than obesity.” Each of the above factors enhances not only our physical health but our mental health as well. And it doesn’t end there!
Our Spiritual Health and Happiness
Owning a pet can also impact our spiritual health by allowing us to practice present-moment awareness, teach us acceptance and non-judgment, and intuition over intellect. Instinct and intuition drive everything our pets do, which reminds us that although we’re intelligent creatures, we still have a spiritual need that must be fulfilled. Having a pet is a good reminder to take a step back and refocus our attention to what brings us true happiness.
Prioritizing our overall health and wellness is crucial to maintaining happiness, and incorporating pets into your life is an excellent way to increase your overall wellness. Sharity Ministries offers a wide range of health care sharing ministry programs designed to reduce costs and put the power of choice back into the hands of individuals and families. Feel free to reach out to us to learn more by visiting our website or calling us at (855) 218-7005.
“Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need.” —Matthew 5:3.