According to a report from the Good News Network: "Nearly seven in 10 Americans admit they take better care of their pet than themselves, according to a new poll. The survey of 2,000 American pet parents revealed 67% prioritize their pet over themselves—but results revealed it's a reciprocal relationship. Eight in 10 respondents said taking care of their pet actively encourages them to take better care of themselves." This is no surprise for us, but is awesome to see some official data on the matter. Pets are good for our health, both mental and physical!
The report continues to say: "In what ways do Americans' pets help respondents with their own health? Respondents said the biggest benefit their pet provides is reducing their stress, depression and/or anxiety (72%). In addition to that, respondents said their pet helps them to exercise (62%)—by taking their pets for walks, playing in their house, an so on—and their pet helps them to be more cautious of the food they eat (44%), too." Story via Good News Network. It comes as no surprise that pets play a big role in our mental health, physical health, and overall wellbeing. We want to be the best most healthy people we can be for our furry friends! They encourage us to be the best versions of ourselves, and there is nothing more wholesome than that.