How Your Pet Can Heal You

New ways to unleash your animal’s healing power

See Hannah Woit‘s wonderful article How Your Pet Can Heal You shared via Prevention highlighting the positive impact pets have on a person’s health.


  • “Owning a pet gives you a sense of purpose and belonging that can increase feelings of positivity and lower stress levels, all of which translates to health benefits,” says Allen McConnell, PhD, a psychology professor at Miami University who studies human-pet interaction.
  • On a chemical level, owning a pet may also decrease levels of cortisol (a stress hormone that can damage your body) in your blood and raise levels of the feel-good brain chemical dopamine, meaning you’ll feel better emotionally—you’ll be happier and more positive

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