They MAKE US FEEL HAPPIER. They are such great companions and love us with unconditional love 365 days a year. Psychologists at Miami University have found that people who own pets are more conscientious, more social, have better self-esteem, and healthier relationship types. Pet owners, especially those with dogs, can get more exercise and reduce stress. Animals help us heal; many are used as therapy animals. 63% of pet owners consider their pets to be family members. So how can animals make us feel better and happier?
They can grab our attention which distracts and relaxes us.
These cats are also offering social support which reduces stress, as well as, physical contact with another living thing which is good for mind and body.
Here are other examples of how supportive they can be. Or, at least, they think that they are!
How do your cats make you happy? I know when I have a cat in my lap, or sometimes two, things just seem to be better. I'm not nearly as stressed out. It's very comforting.
Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty. Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night. Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667