This will probably not come as a surprise but, having an animal around has many benefits.  Studies have shown that having a dog can help with many things.  some of the biggest things include, lowering blood pressure releasing endorphins like oxytocin which can have a calming affect. also can give someone a reason to exercise by walking  a dog frequently.  Me being someone who grew up with a mental illness and always having a dog around, I would say it definitely helps.  the walking that dogs need is nice because gave me a valid reason to exercise. they are truly calming and its really nice to have someone always around it make you feel safe.

http://www.redbarninc.com/blog/benefits-therapy-animals/

 

 

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