Can Getting A Pet Improve Your Health?
Considering adopting a furred or feathered friend? Research shows many benefits for both physical and mental health. Getting a pet can help reduce stress, blood pressure, and cortisol. It can also help prevent heart attacks. Having a pet has been shown to reduce stress levels and also increase positive neurotransmitters in the brain that affect mood. Increases in positive neurotransmitters mean that you simply feel better. They also have a direct correlation to decreased risk of stress-related diseases.
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