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Do pets really help us reduce our stress levels? Find out about one woman's "experiment" to see.

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My mother used to say "you can always trust a person who has animal hair on them". As a kid, I often pondered what this statement means. Are people who care for animals more trustworthy? Kinder? Gentler?

Well, a recent scientific study says that people who own pets are less stressed. Maybe not more trustworthy, but less stress WOULD indicate greater wellness. An idea worth considering.

The study examined the cardiovascular reactivity when exposed to psychological stress of 240 married couples, half of whom Reutimann Collision and Repair Ocala FL owned a pet. The researchers exposed the people to stressful situations (mental arithmetic problems and stuff like that) in a variety of social support conditions: alone, with pet or friend (friend present for non-pet owners), with spouse, with spouse and pet/friend. They found that the people with the pets had much TAG Heuer Women's WP1315.BA0751 Alter Ego Watch lower rise in heart rate under such conditions; better than with their spouse or friends.

This evidence the healing help pets provide has been anecdotal for years. Hospitals, retirement homes and other caring facilities have used pets to help promote wellness with a lot of success. So it's no surprise, especially where children are involved.

Over the last couple of weeks, I have conducted my own experiment by observing how the RADO R14077113 Diamaster XL Automatic Men's LUXURY WATCH Swiss Automatic Rose Two Tone Gold 41mm Case people in my family and visitors to my home relate to my cat and, of course how my cat relates to them.

My cat is a rather funny looking, very playful and affectionate youngish cat named Tony. He is a "hairless" breed, called Sphinx.

Tony has many jobs. One is to help me to write by sitting on my lap and purring loudly. He also reminds me to take breaks by Salvatore Ferragamo Women's FIE040015 VARINA Analog Display Quartz Purple Watch standing up and walking on BVLGARI Black Ladies BB23BSSD watch the computer keyboard! I Internet Sales Business With Little Effort digress.

One observation that is true for all unknowing participants in my "experiment": everyone that enters my house, friends, family members and even the FedX guy, upon seeing Tony, their face Muiyerse changes and becomes somehow softer. It's as if just seeing the cat makes them less stressed. Even the little girl who is very frightened of cats loves to watch the cat from a distance.

My partner, a high energy executive of a multi-national company, is of particular interest to this Raymond Weil Tango Silver Dial Stainless Steel Quartz Ladies Watch 5391-ST-00995 study. When he arrives home after work or travel, his body language is "Mr. corporate leader". After greeting and kissing his people family members, he looks a bit more relaxed. But it's after he picks up Tony and strokes him (usually followed by giving him some Cruise Jobs: Finding The Best Cruise Ship Jobs cat CROTON Women's CN207420SSDI Ballroom Analog Display Swiss Quartz Silver Watch food), that he appears to really relax and turn off from work.

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So, the conclusions drawn from my very subjective experiment is that our pets really enrich our lives. It would be safe to speculate that, yes pets reduce stress levels in their owners. If you have a pet yourself, you probably agree!

Try your own experiment.... Ask your friends and coworkers about their pets and soak up the good feelings they radiate. Enjoy.


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Karen Allen, PhD, Jim Blascovich, PhD and Wendy B. Mendes, MS