Animal interaction might affect mood

Animals can have a positive effect on one’s mentality. Animals are not judgmental or condescending, unlike how people can be. Wild and domestic animals like dogs or wolves are known to feed off someone’s emotions. This means a dog can tell when its owner is angry, sad, happy, etc. A wolf can tell when someone is fearful, giving the wolf leverage.

Many people own a pet, and some people even have emotional support animals. This is because having a pet can help with anxiety, depression, stress, and panic. 

According to NIH (News in Health), “Research on human-animal interactions is still relatively new. Some studies have shown positive health effects, but the results have been mixed. Interacting with animals has been shown to decrease levels of cortisol (a stress-related hormone) and lower blood pressure. Other studies have found that animals can reduce loneliness, increase feelings of social support, and boost your mood.

“Researchers are looking into how animals might influence child development. They’re studying animal interactions with kids who have autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other conditions.”

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