August 8, 2017
Why Do Animals Make Us Happier?
Do you have a dog? A cat? Or any pet? You may have noticed that being around your pet makes you feel happier. There are countless reasons that lead people to have therapy animals. According to the ADA, a service animal is an animal that is “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.” Many people only know of service dogs associated with eyesight but they can be used for so much more. But what makes dogs a good treatment?... Read More
January 22, 2015
In need of some mid semester mental therapy?
Interaction with gentle and friendly animals has proven mental and physical health benefits. Research demonstrates that spending time with furry friends is effective in improving the psychological health of individuals with or without disabilities. It is easy for stress levels to increase with work commitments and midterms around the corner. Pet-therapy is an evidence based activity that can help reduce stress and anxiety. Spending a few minutes... Read More
January 11, 2013
Man’s best friend may be more important to your mental health than you might think. According to Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA,
"Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression.” Simply petting a dog or being in their presence has been shown to reduce tension and hypertension in some individuals.
Dogs have the ability to show unconditional love for their caregivers, which is a quality that is... Read More