How do I Love Thee? At the Heart of Pets and Stress Relief

People who share their lives with animals understand true love, but that doesn’t mean pet owners are immune to stress, anxiety, or depression. Indeed, many of us experience downturns at one point or another. But always at the center of a downcast gaze is a non-judgmental, comforting, and stable friend. Yes, pets have a significant impact on reassuring – or at least distracting – us, but what’s really at the core of pets and stress relief?

Count the Ways

While the sources of stress are seemingly endless, so are the many ways to combat it. Many people open an orange or sit in the sun. Others spend all weekend at a plush resort to melt troubles away. However, of all the ways to reduce our emotional and mental anguish, we believe time spent with animals tops the list.