For years animals lovers have told us how happy their dogs make them and how important a family member they are. According to a new study by Dognition, having a dog is good for your hormones which has to be great for your health.In the study, researchers sampled the blood of human and canine participants before they spent time along together and then afterwards. The results included significant measurable decreases in blood sugar and blood pressure. But wait, put down the chocolate! After spending just 30 minutes along with their dog, participants had increased levels of the mood-lifter Oxytocin, also known as the “hug hormone” and a whole range of other mood hormones, including beta-endorphins which are associated with euphoria and pain relief; prolactin which promotes a parenting-like bonding behavior; phenylethylamine and dopamine, which increase when people are in love.
The research shows the relationship was a win-win for the dogs because they too had higher levels of oxytocin and other hormones.
If you’re looking for a natural mood booster, consider adopting a shelter dog. No doubt you’ll receive twice the love and double the benefits.