7. Get Some Emotional Support
Emotional support is really important, and studies show time and time again that those who own a pet feel like they are getting just as much emotional support from them as they would a member of their family. Psychology Today regularly publishes articles about the effect that pets can have on our lives, including pieces about the emotional support they offer.
When you have a dog at home waiting for you, and someone to talk to when you’re alone (even if they don’t respond!), your emotional wellbeing improves quite significantly over time.