Pets May Help in Improving Mental and Physical Health of People

PetsResearchers at the Miami University in Ohio have found that pets help in improving the mental and physical health of their owners. The study was published online in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology on Monday.

The Co-Author of the study, Allen McConnell, said that pet owners have greater self-esteem and are more physically fit as compared to others. Researchers have also found that pet owners are less likely to be lonely than others.

The researchers evaluated three different groups and the largest group had 217 people. These groups included both pet owners and non-owners. The average age of the participants was 31 years and 79% of them were females with a median household income of $77,000 a year. The study was carried out at the Miami University and Saint Louis University.

The results of the study revealed that pet owners were generally happier, mentally and physically healthier and well-regulated than non-pet owners.

Researchers have also found that pet owners are more interactive with their families and friends than others. Pets serve as important sources of social and emotional support for most of the people and keep them happy.