Pet Power: Reduce Stress & Increase Happiness

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The mutual admiration society stress busters never looked so good!

Pet Power!

Beijo and Zu-Zu are the antidote to any anxiety problem just by being alive. Do you have a Beijo and Zu-Zu in your life? Maybe you need to find one.

These two faithful friends consistently help me beat unwanted stress by:

1. Making me laugh when I may want to cry.
2. Helping me appreciate the present moment.
3. Motivating me to get my exercise by giving them theirs.
4. Reflect on the gift of simplicity.
5. Focus on enjoying being vs. doing.
6. Smile often and feel happy.

Stress and peace can’t occupy the same space at the same time, any more than you can bring darkness into the light.

It is impossible to have one, without eliminating the other. “Stay in the light, and you’ll never have to be afraid of the dark.”

It's All Good

Beijo and Zu-Zu are like a fragrant perfume spraying “All Things Good” 24/7. They reduce stress because they increase joy. Unlike people, these two don’t restrain their excitement, or fear expressing their innermost feelings to me. They are not restricted by other people’s perception, or intimidated by social etiquette. Their motivation is completely transparent. What you see, is what you get! How refreshing.

Proud Member of Pet Power Club!

They always help me leave my stress at the door, with their over exuberating jubilee welcome home wag dance. Was I gone for a lifetime? These two have no inhibitions in expressing how elated they are to have me back home.

Yes, my four legged friends can frequently reduce stress more effectively than a lot of people I know, and there are studies to back up the claim.

Clinical research done by William A. Banks, M.D., professor of geriatrics in the department of internal medicine and professor of pharmacological and physiological sciences at Saint Louis University School of Medicine showed, “Nursing home residents felt much less lonely after spending time alone with a dog than they did when they visited with a dog and other people.” ( Anthrozoos 18(4) 3/2006). Wow!

Another study by Karen Allen, Ph.D., of the State University of New York at Buffalo, writing in the journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, found that, “Compared with human support, the presence of pets was associated with lower perceived and actual responses to stress. While the idea of a pet as social support may appear to some as a peculiar notion, our participants’ responses to stress, combined with their descriptions of the meaning of pets in their lives, suggest to us that social support can indeed cross species.” Pets can often do what people can’t!

God & the Dog!

Faithful companions, neither Beijo nor Zu-Zu ever criticize me, reveal my deepest secrets, or reject my quality of love.   Loyal friends who speak in a snuggle, wag of a tail, or kiss with their licks. This brand of unconditional love grows only peace and acceptance.

Pet power can beat your stress!  God and the Dogs – man’s best friend!

Pets are Heaven Sent Gifts of Love

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  • stay with me

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  • fase insurance

    Great writing! Maybe you could do a follow up on this topic?!


  • greensky

    thank you for the comment sue and gary!

    we help each other – always! part of being in the best people (and pets) we know club! love us:)

    smiles and blessings,

  • Sue McDonald

    Hi Deb. Aren’t pets the most beautiful unconditional souls that we are so privileged to have in our space Just loved the way you quoted “They reduce stress because they increase joy.”This statement sent a shiver down my back, like my departed faithful furry friend just walked over my back

    Thanks for sharing this lovely article (it seem was written just for me) and for the research that went into it Great work

    Love Sue

  • Gary Reichel

    Great post. Love the references to the studies, gives the post some great depth and shows you really take the extra step to inform your audience.