Why a furry friend can boost your mood
Wednesday, 2 June · 1 min read

Did you know that spending time with animals can improve your mood?

Research suggests that not only do fluffy friends make great companions, they may also help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.

Simply spending time with an animal, stroking them, playing with them or just sitting together can provide an opportunity for you to relax and calm your mind when you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed.

Finding yourself a furry friend

Not all of us are in a position to adopt a pet. However, there are still plenty of ways you can interact with animals and reap the mental-health benefits they can provide.

If you don’t have a pet try:

  • joining a pet borrowing service to spend evenings and weekends caring for a cat or dog in your local area
  • offering to take a friend or neighbour’s dog for a walk or look after them for the day
  • volunteering at a local shelter to socialise with the animals while getting them ready for rehoming
  • visiting your local petting zoo to learn more about the animals and spend time with them
Quick Quiz
As well as helping to improve your mental health, looking after a dog may positively affect your physical health. True or false?