It is not a secret dogs make us happy. If you ask anyone who bonds with his or her dogs regularly, he or she will immediately tell you the joy and fun their tail-wagging friend deliver.
But how do dogs make us happy?
This is what science says
Chemicals and Vitamins boost
Endorphins are chemicals produced by the body to relieve stress and pain. They work similarly to a class of drugs called opioids. Opioids relieve pain and can produce a feeling of euphoria. They are sometimes prescribed for short-term use after surgery or for pain-relief. Endorphins are released in response to pain or stress, but they're also released during other activities, like eating, exercise, or sex.
Studies from University of Liverpool, the University of Western Australia, and Michigan State show 70% of dog owners walk there dogs around 34 minutes a day covering almost 2 miles.
When we walk our furry friends, or even spending some time playing with them, we release endorphins, which us that make us feel happy.
When we walk our dogs on a sunny day, we also get vitamin D through sun exposure. Research has shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression. In one study, scientists found that people with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed an improvement in their symptoms
In short, physical exercise and playing with our dogs on a sunny day can make us feel more content, happy and stress free.
Oxytocin, Oxytocin, Oxytocin
Studies show that interactions with our dogs, even if they are limited or fleeting, can cause our brains to release oxytocin, a hormone in our body that is widely known as the “cuddle chemical.” This hormone increases our feelings of empathy, trust, and relaxation, while at the same time, reduces stress as well as anxiety.
So, the next time you feel that fuzzy, comfortable, and warm feeling or emotions you get when you play with your dog, that is oxytocin to you.
Research has shown that even by just gazing into the eyes of your dogs can cause a huge rise in
oxytocin levels not just in your body but also your dogs.
For somebody who is having problems when it comes to mental or physical health, a dog may well serve as a sign of hope that can give anyone purpose and meaning even during the darkest of times.
A dog can be a “confidant” to anyone, a best friend actually, especially those who feel isolated from others and want a companion.
For millennia, dogs have proved to be man’s best friend and loyal, courageous companions. The unconditional love and unwavering companionship of dogs have been chronicled throughout human history.
They make us laugh in times when we feel blue and when we lose them it is akin to losing a close family member.
Dogs can serve as our sounding boards and offer no judgment.
They inspire us to get outside and be more active, which leads to improved well-being, physically and mentally.