16 Ways Pet Ownership Improves Your Health

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2. Pets Improve Your Mood

As well as improving your self-esteem no end, having a pet can also work as an instant mood improver. If you’re having a bad day, your pet can almost instantly make you feel better – and, when you come home to a dog that’s excited to see you, or a cat purring, your body experiences a number of benefits.

When you smile and relax with your pet, your body’s cortisol levels – which is the amount of a mood-changing chemical flowing through your veins – will reduce. When the cortisol hormone is lowered, and more serotonin is produced, your general feeling of well-being is increased, your stress is reduced and your body feels better.

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