Best friends for life? Check out the amazing benefits of having furry friends at home! [Fridays: Mindfulness by Miles]
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Welcome to “Mindfulness by Miles!”
We’re excited to share with you another tip I find useful in my daily life. Our hope is you’ll also find this topic compelling and helpful in both your personal life and career.
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Continue reading the article below to know why having pets at home is beneficial for your overall well-being.
Mindfulness by Miles
You might have encountered people who say pets are “just” animals, as if these furry friends are not important in their lives. These people probably never owned a loving dog or cat, or haven’t experienced that connection between humans and their pets.
Most pet owners understand how wonderful owning a dog, cat, or any other animal can be. They understand the sense of companionship and how it’s possible to form strong bonds with an animal.
Miles Everson, the CEO of MBO Partners, says he has 3 wonderful dogs at home. They are great companions and positively impact his mood throughout the day.
Do you know the benefits of having pets are wide-ranging?
They not only impact your well-being but also influence your social interactions with people, sense of responsibility, and more!
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The Health and Mood-Boosting Benefits of Pets
According to the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) study, cuddling with your pets even for just 10 minutes not only gives you all the positive feels but also helps lower your stress levels.
In fact, it’s scientifically proven that spending time with your furry friends enables your body to release feel-good hormones—oxytocin, prolactin, and serotonin—and reduce your cortisol level, the body’s natural stress hormone. It lowers your blood pressure by 10% too!
Everson says he can attest to this because whenever he pets or plays with his dogs, he feels more at ease and in a better mood.
That’s why he believes having pets is good for people’s overall well-being. Their presence in humans’ lives brings lots of positive effects, such as:
- Improved Health and Wellness
Based on a 2019 study by the American Health Association (AHA), owning a pet contributes to a decrease in a person’s cardiovascular risk and an improved response to stress.
After all, having a cat or dog at home keeps a person active and increases his or her energy levels. Think about this: Playing with your pet can help you reach your daily exercise goals, and at the same time, it keeps your dog happy and healthy too!
Everson also says exercising with your pet improves the bond between you two. If you have a new puppy or kitten, you can combine your exercise with their training.
- Better Social Interactions
Have you ever experienced walking your dog alone in the park then a few moments later, you find yourself having good conversations with someone else?
Everson says he has experienced that. Thanks to his dogs, he can say he’s doing quite well in having conversations with different kinds of people.
According to an article from HelpGuide.org, 69% of pet owners have more social interactions than those who don’t. This shows pets bring amazing benefits to people’s health by providing a sense of companionship and helping combat loneliness and anxiety.
It’s also good to bring your pets out of the house regularly. This will help them socialize with other people and animals, and adapt to different kinds of situations, places, etc.
- Stronger Mental and Emotional Support
Everson personally finds it incredible to think just how much support an animal can bring to people’s lives. For example: For those who have special needs, there are breeds of cats and dogs that are ideal for providing emotional and physical support.
He states pets can be lifesavers for those who are experiencing grief or depression too!
They will look you in the eye as if trying to comprehend every word you say, sit with you during quiet times, and give you a sense of purpose and a reason to get out of bed when you’re feeling particularly anxious.
Generally speaking, animals have a deeply calming effect on humans and often pick up on their owners’ moods. If they sense that you’re anxious, they’ll either snuggle up to you or lick your hands just to help you feel better.
One of the things Everson personally loves about his dogs is they help take his mind away from his problems and place him in the “here and now.” For him, this is a basic mindfulness practice and is wonderful for his overall health and well-being.
To summarize, owning a pet is life-changing and will bring you so much joy and love! These animals will help you develop a sense of responsibility, shower you with unconditional love, and be there for you whenever you need them.
So, if you have a dog, cat, or any other pet at home, be sure to take care of them and show them your love!
This will be beneficial not only for their growth and development, but also for your physical, mental, emotional, and social stability.
We hope you find today’s topic helpful and insightful!
Everson says if you have any questions or comments, you may reach him via his LinkedIn account. He’d be glad to talk to you and learn from your thoughts and opinions as well.
Have an amazing weekend!
(This article is from The Business Builder Daily, a newsletter by The I Institute in collaboration with MBO Partners.)
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“Fridays: Mindfulness by Miles”
High-performance businesses are run by people who think and act differently.
In other words, these are people who are high-performing individuals.
Companies and individuals of this kind have found ways to escape the grind of commoditization and competition by focusing on the RIGHT goals.
High-performing businesses and individuals are also “return driven” businesses and “career driven” individuals. They conscientiously develop unique capabilities and resources that allow them to deliver offerings in ways no other firm or individual can.
Every Friday, we’ll publish tips and insights from MBO Partners and The I Institute’s “The Business Builder Daily” newsletter.
These will help you gain knowledge on the things that Miles Everson, the CEO of MBO Partners, often talks about regarding the future of the workforce.
We’ll also highlight other mindfulness advice on how you can be a high-performing individual both in your career and personal life.
Hope you’ve found this week’s insight interesting and helpful.
Stay tuned for next Friday’s “Mindfulness by Miles!”
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