What sparks joy for you? By now, we all know that objects can spark joy. But experiences can spark joy as well. What’s an experience that makes you feel glad? For many people, it’s spending time with loved ones. Those loved ones are our partners, friends, and family. Those loved ones are also our furry friends. Spending time with animals, like our pets, is good for people and pets alike. Pets offer a sense of easy companionship, supply a rejuvenating energy, and have been scientifically proven to be a beneficial addition to person’s life!
But not everyone has pets in their lives. That doesn’t mean you can’t still benefit from the many benefits of spending time with animals. It just means you have to be a little creative when it comes to how you get your interaction. You can spend time with the pets of friends and family, volunteer at a shelter, or pursue pet sitting opportunities.
First and foremost, you’ll be helping out an animal in need. Shelters and rescues do a great service by providing homes to animals in need. But even so, the more friendly faces an animal in a shelter can interact with, the better! And walking is just as good for people as it is animals: walking can help calm nerves, and improve fitness and attitude. It’s no different for a dog than it is for you! So whether you’re walking with your own dog or strolling with a shelter pup, you’ll be spreading the love this February. Walking with your own dog is a great way to see things in your neighborhood you may have otherwise missed, and it can help connect you to your neighbors.
Aside from the obvious physical benefit, going on a walk with a furry friend can improve emotions, too. The CDC explains how “studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners.” This means time with animals is time well-spent! Bringing a furry friend with you on your next walk is heart healthy in more ways than one.