During the COVID outbreak, people have been flocking to adopt dogs.
Because we have to be distant from those we love most of the time, it makes sense to get a pet that loves us unconditionally. Neuropsychologist Dr. Marian Rissenberg, Ph.D., explains the needs a dog fills. "A dog can provide entertainment, company, and affection."
It turns out, when we snuggle with or just be around our pups, our brain releases the “happy hormone” oxytocin as well as serotonin and dopamine.
Petting a dog has a positive effect on the area of your brain processes emotions, empathy, and impulse control. When it comes down to it, the more time you spend with your pet, the more happiness builds.
Neuropsychologist, Dr. Sanam Hafeez shares one of the biggest benefits of being a puppy parent. "Dogs also have a positive effect when combating stress as they help stabilize heart rates and reduce cortisol levels, which make you irritable or anxious."