Pets and Positive Psychology (1)Nov
There are many animal lovers keeping pets in Hong Kong. Pets are not only playmates for them, but are also their family members. They always make us happy. Some research found that keeping pets could enhance our health both physically and mentally. Dog is one of the most popular types of pets in ...
There are many animal lovers keeping pets in Hong Kong. Pets are not only playmates for them, but are also their family members. They always make us happy. Some research found that keeping pets could enhance our health both physically and mentally.
Dog is one of the most popular types of pets in Hong Kong due to their adorable appearance and pleasant characteristics. According to a research conducted by American Heart Association in 2013, dog owners may engage in more physical activity than non-dog owners. It could help reduce their cardiovascular risks. Moreover, pet owners may have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as a lower incidence of obesity. 
Other than benefiting our body, owning pets can also enhance our mental health. We can gain positive experiences by interacting with our pets. These positive experiences lead to positive emotions, boosting mental energy accordingly. Moreover, we could develop close attachment with our pets from the accumulative positive experiences and emotions. Psychologists point out that humans have certain inherent psychological needs. One of them, which is called ‘relatedness’, refers to feeling related with others and experiencing care. It may bring us positive outcomes, such as enhancing well-being, if these needs are satisfied. Developing attachment with pets and making them be our significant ones in life can make ‘relatedness’ satisfied. It could help us accomplish psychological needs and have a better social life. There are foreign charities providing companionship to senior individuals through pet ownership. This win-win idea can save the lives of companion animals in shelter by giving them a new caring home, and bring an adorable companion with happiness to the elderly at the same time.
This article has introduced the advantages that pets bring to us physically and mentally. Please look forward to our next article which will further talk about how pets bring us happiness in next week.