So you're feeling a little down, and you don't know where to turn. Maybe it was a bad breakup, that you just can't get over. Maybe, you are pining after that person who just won't give you the time of day. Maybe, you're stressed out at work.
Well, I have the answer!!! Turn to your puppy!!!
That's right: dogs are one of the best antidepressants!! I think we all kind of know this already: there’s no better mood elevator than looking into your pup's soulful eyes, glancing at their wagging tail and rubbing their warm fur.
Here's how they cheer you up:
Dogs don't let us be negative!
When we are feeling down, we constantly remind ourselves just how hopeless we are (I know I'm guilty!!) The presence of an animal actually causes more oxytocin to be released, and that can help us overcome a negative attitude!! Plus, just one look from a dog reminds us that are worthy of their unconditional love, which can help us be less negative, too!!
Dogs help us be active!
Dogs need attention! They need us to feed them, love them, exercise them, and do more so we have to keep moving. Moving = physical fitness = less depression!!
Dogs remind us that things are still going on.
It's easy to think "this is it. Everything is over," when we get stuck in a spiral of negativity. But our doggies draw us back to the present moment, reminding us that we have to stay focused on the now! Being more mindful of where you are in time can help you overcome depression anxiety, or chronic sadness, too!
Dogs provide a connection.
When you have a dog, you have to get out into the world and interact. Depression and negativity can cause you to want to stay away from everything, so having a dog makes you more open to social interaction, and also can stimulate a desire for more interactions, which may help combat all those bad feelings.
Dogs help us play!
It may sound silly, but dogs like to play and have a good time, and doing this for you can help lift your mood enough to relieve some stress and start the climb out of a field of negative energy, so give it a try!!