Having a Pet Is Good For Your Mental Health

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And a 2015 study published in the journal Developmental Psychobiology gauged how kids who have autism interacted in playgroups when given a guinea pig versus a toy; arousal indicators on their skin revealed the guinea pig put them much more at ease. "I think the animal was acting as a buffer for them because interacting with other people can be incredibly stressful," says Layla Esposito, a program director at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

That close-knit connection can have other benefits. "Many mental health professionals and doctors informally recommend animals to patients, especially for loneliness and depression," says SteveFeldman, the executive director of the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI).

Fine has made dogs, fish, bearded dragons, and lovebirds part of his practice for over 40 years. "Being around animals helps us feel good, which helps us to relax," he says.

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