I had to smile when I stumbled upon an article on the ways dogs improve your life. Thank you, SHAPE Magazine for justifying my silly actions with my pup. It turns out, Charlie not only makes me happy, but also improves my health and my body.
Here are a few pictures of how much happiness my little Chars has brought to my life...
And here are a few of the reasons you should let a furball into your life...
They keep you in shape! A March 2011 study published in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health found that dog owners are more likely to reach their fitness goals than those without canine companions. Researchers at Michigan State University found that dog owners are 34 percent more likely to fit in 150 minutes of walking per week than non-dog owners....
They help your social skills. Researchers at Central Michigan University found that when a dog is present in a collaborative group setting, group members rank their teammates higher in terms of trust, team cohesion, and intimacy.
They help you make friends...or snag a date. It may seem counterintuitive, but being close with your pooch helps develop human relationships. Studies find that owning a dog, and particularly walking your dog, increases social interaction.
They lower your risk for diabetes. Dog owners who walk their dogs regularly have one-third the risk of diabetes than those who don't own and walk a dog, according to exercise scientist Cindy Lentino.
They warm your heart, while keeping it healthy. Sure, being more active will obviously lead to improved blood pressure, but studies have found that the mere act of petting your puppy will decrease your blood pressure.
They teach us how to love. Child psychologist Robert Bierer of Albuquerque found that children who had experience caring for a dog had higher levels of empathy and self-esteem than children without pet dogs.
There! Now you have no excuse not to get a pup.
While I didn't adopt Charlie, she was on sale at an unfit pet store, so I feel like I kind of saved her. I will definitely be adopting my next little addition to our family. I highly suggest you look into adoption. There are so many little guys that need a home and plenty of love.