The Journal of Anthrrozoos has presented interesting evidence that your relationship with your pet can indeed be great for your health and provide the companionship you so desire, but, if you are only attached to your pet, and have a limited social life and minimal social interactions, you will be more depressed and lonely than others. I know, this sounds glim, but what this truly says is that you need both pets and people to be healthy and happy! And this is a good thing!
It is certain, owning a pet is good for boosting your health and happiness, but the level to which your emotional attachment to your pet interferes with your human interactions, the benefits start to diminish. Especially relevant for those who live alone and have a pet, recent findings show that pets do indeed provide the much needed mental and emotional health benefits that deter negative thoughts, stress, anxiety and loneliness, however, human support is still essential to proper mental, emotional and overall balanced health.
Pets are recommended for all individuals looking for companionship that is compassionate, full of life and furry. Pets are greatly beneficial for individuals with adequate social support so that the pet does not become the sole source of daily interaction. Social support is important for human survival and individuals supported singularly through their pet do not receive the sufficient amount human interaction. Dogs have been proven to be the better pet for increasing social interactions as dogs must be exercised outdoors. Walking, running and exercising your dog outdoors is the perfect way to increase your likelihood of meeting people, increasing your social support and forming meaningful human bonds.
- Canine Corner: Stanley Coren, Ph.D., 01/03/12