Monday, January 23, 2012

How do Dogs Spread Happiness

Dogs make us happy - there is no doubt about that! But have you ever wondered why? Well my dad told me when I was little that it was because when they wagged their tails, we got sprinkled with doggy magic, but according to a recent article in USA Weekend, there is actually some science behind it.

Acording to the article there are numerous scientific reasons why dogs make us happy including:
  • Studies show that when petting a dog, a hormone called oxytocin is released helping reduce blood pressure and decreasing levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress and anxiety.

  • The simple act of taking a dog for a walk is healthfu as it has a cardiovascular benefit and acts as  a social lubricant.
The article quotes John O’Hurley, host of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina e who says  “When a dog wags his tail, it is connected to his heart.”and that's a sentiment we sure agree with.


Read the full article in USA Weekend here.

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