MindaZetlin Getty Images Do you have a dog? Next time you're out with your dog, give it a try. Not only for the obvious reason that dogs themselves provide companionship--just stroking a dog will lower your blood pressure, the research found--but also because people with dogs are more socially engaged with other people as well.
The opinions expressed here by Inc. All emotional sharing builds strong and lasting relationship bonds, but sharing laughter also adds joy, vitality, and resilience.
Studies have shown that people who live alone are likelier to die than those living with someone else, but having a dog in the household definitely helps. When you look at someone or see something even mildly pleasing, practice smiling.And when they answered a questionnaire 10 hours later, they were still experiencing lower stress and fewer negative thoughts than their non-dog cuddling peers. But you felt compelled to act this way, and the notion of politeness came about to reafirm and fortify your social position, a selfish end. In addition, the study revealed a neurophysiological difference between the test subjects: According to the measurements of brain activity, the participants with greater expectations before the beginning of the study and those who had seen a film about the health benefits of cycling beforehand were more relaxed on a neuronal level. A psychologist and his team have conducted a study demonstrating that test subjects derive more psychological as well as neurophysiological benefits from exercise if they already have positive mindsets about sports. Note: Content may be edited for style and length. Think of it like exercise or breakfast and make a conscious effort to find something each day that makes you laugh. More from Inc. Two little girls who loved to draw and paint lived next door.
This is such a powerful effect that it doesn't even have to be your own dog.