October is Adopt-A-Dog-Month. If you’re still in two minds about picking up a bundle of joy from your local animal shelter or rescue group, this might just help you decide.

Getting a pet is definitely a big responsibility, but the returns are heartening. It’s like bringing home a child, one that fills your life with unconditional love and affection. Recent studies have also proved that your animal best friend can be your best stress-buster.

Here’s how caring for your pet can be great for your emotional health:

  • Just spending a few minutes with your pet at the end of the day can reduce your stress and exhaustion. Cuddling your pet and brushing that fur can help you relax and forget your worries. It helps reduce the amount of cortisol—the stress hormone, and increases the level of serotonin—the happy hormone.
  • Taking your pet out for a run or walk in the fresh air can make you feel positive and can also help reduce health concerns such as high blood pressure and stress.
  • Taking care of your pet’s needs will keep you occupied and make you stay away from any negative feelings as well as prevent any feelings of loneliness.
  • Caring for a pet means that you will have to follow a daily routine, which is also a great way to stay away from depression.
  • When you have a pet, it also helps you connect with other pet owners or people who might be fond of your pet. Going out for a walk with your pet can encourage you to make better social interactions.
  • When you regularly indulge in touch therapy, it helps you stay happy, motivated and healthy. Go on, cuddle and play with your little pet.

Take a look at this viral video of a guilty dog apologizing to his owner. If this doesn’t melt your heart, we don’t know what will.

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A pregnancy & babycare writer as well as wellness believer, Debolina is always trying to bring in health and wellness into her family’s, especially her kids’, lives. With a Master’s degree in English literature, she has worked with several mothercare and babycare brands. In her free time, she helps with campaigns that work towards promoting the health and well-being of women and babies. Her experiences as a mother help her talk about busy modern-day parenting and its changing trends.