Dog owners are less likely to have cardiovascular disease or die from any cause according to a Swedish study. Millions in Sweden have fewer heart problems than those who don't.
Licensed counselor John Edmonson said people who are single are more likely to suffer from stress, anxiety and both physical and mental illnesses.
“If you experience social touch, or connection or warmth with another human, or even a dog in many cases, it’s going to release oxytocin into your system, which is a hormone that creates a huge sense of calm, counteracts stress hormones in your body, and actually enables you to feel more connected to people around you,” said Edmonson.
He said dogs bring benefits like being outside and walking, as well as a social connection aspect that reduces stress. And, having a pet, literally changes your body’s chemistry.
“People who actually own a dog, or a pet, are about 11% less likely than single people to actually have cardiovascular disease or suffer from other illnesses,” said Edmonson.
Edmonson said it changes your mood and gets you excited about going home, as well as a sense of purpose.