| Tue, Jan 30, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

A Pet May be Pawsitivley Fabulous for Your Health

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Retired couple hiking in the forest with their pet dogOftentimes, people who have positive attitudes live longer and happier lives than people who have a pessimistic outlook on life. If you want to live a happier and healthier life, but know your attitude could use an adjustment, you may want to try getting a pet!

Many people not only experience the physical benefits of owning a pet, like a lowered risk for heart disease1 and improved blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels2, many owners say their pets make them feel happy and look at life with a positive attitude.

Scientific evidence aside, there may also be unexplained reasons why owning a pet may make you a happier person. These reasons include:

  • Taking a pet out for a daily walk around the neighborhood or the park may help make it easier to meet the neighbors and other pet owners. Making friends and having a healthy social life usually adds to a positive attitude.
  • There’s a reason why they say a dog is man’s best friend. You will have a friend for the lifetime of your pet and he or she will love you no matter what.
  • Owning a pet may help lessen loneliness and depression. Plus, you know there is always someone at home waiting for you.
  • Pets offer emotional support.
  • Caring for a pet may help you feel needed and purposeful.

All of these perks of pet ownership can have a positive impact on your attitude and health. If you are kind to your pet and take good care of it, your pet will hopefully do the same for you.

For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048.

Resources:

Pet Power: Medicare Made Clear

Medicare.gov: Visit the official U.S. government site for Medicare.

Owning a Pet May Protect You from Heart Disease, February 3, 2014: The American Heart Association

Healthy Pets Healthy People, Health Benefits of Pets: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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