They’re cute, cuddly, and never argue with us. Our pets also can help us live healthier lives for a number of reasons, with stress reduction being a major one. Exercise, yoga, and meditation help many people de-stress but spending time with our pets is another habit that’s good for the body and soul.

Our animals show us unconditional love and are there for support during good times and bad. They also are the ideal workout companion. With dogs, in particular, you can walk them, run with them, or have them retrieve a ball.

If you have allergies, consider getting fish or a hypoallergenic animal. Watching fish swim in a bowl or aquarium is profoundly relaxing and can lower stress levels.

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