A new study by pet tech company Furbo has revealed people see their dogs as more important in contributing to their daily happiness than their friends.
8 out of 10 dog owners say their dog brought them more happiness each day than their close friends – that’s 4 times more than those who thought their friends were more important!
While friends are an important part of everyone’s life, this study may surprise many by showing that our furry friends are just as, if not more, vital to our overall wellbeing and happiness – and it’s not hard to see why.
4 out of 10 dog owners say their dogs come first and are a big part of the family, and who can blame them when 57% of men thought having a dog contributed positively to their mental health. 50% of dog owners also said they had mental health problems that were helped just by having a dog by their side.
Only 50% of people said their partners were their daily source of happiness, with 30% saying it was their children and only 13% saying it was their grandchildren. These figures seem relatively small when compared to the whopping 80% of dog lovers who say their dog brings them happiness each day!
Dogs have been shown to have a hugely positive impact on our mental health. Not only do they keep us actively fit and well (exercise has positive impacts on those with depression), they also give us love and affection that can be easier and less questionable than that of a human. A dog will always be happy to see you – they won’t judge or question you.
They can be a huge source of comfort and have also been shown to keep people calm. That’s especially good news for people suffering from anxiety – having a dog can lower the blood pressure and keep our minds off stressful things. Dogs are excellent companions for people who struggle to go outside, socialize, or who find it difficult to get up – they give us a sense of purpose.
Dogs can also help improve self-esteem by making us proud to be responsible for them – much like parents being proud of their children.