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6 Ways Pets Help Boost Your Happiness

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Author: Shernide Delva

Happiness is essential to a fulfilling life. Want happiness? A pet might help. If you are one of the millions of pet owners around the country, you probably cannot imagine life without your animal companion.  Pets have been shown to help increase health and happiness. Furthermore, studies show the more time you spend with your furry friend, the better you feel.

Check out the six science-backed ways pets boost your happiness. Perhaps this article will make you want to add a furry friend(s) in your home.

  1. Pets offer a comforting presence.

Having a pet is a calm, comforting, and familiar greeting you receive every day. Studies reveal merely watching fish can help lower blood pressure and muscle tension in people about to undergo oral surgery. No wonder dentists are so fond of aquariums!

Other research reveals that pet owners have lower blood pressure and heart rate before and after performing stressful tasks. The presence of an animal is so beneficial for both physical and mental reasons.

  1. Pets offer unconditional love.

Pets will love you no matter what. They are without opinions, critiques or verdicts. A study showed that nursing home residents in St. Louis felt less lonely with some quiet time with a dog alone than a visit with both a dog and other residents.  The study had half the group spend alone time with just a dog and the other half shared the dog with other nursing home residents. Those who spent time with the dog alone felt the least alone compared to the others. This could mean that many people prefer to spend quality time with their furry little friends so they can divulge their innermost thoughts and not be judged.

  1. Pets change our behavior.

You may have the worse day ever, but when you walk through the door, your pet will be excited and happy to see you. They will crave your attention and love. Pets have the ability to alter your behavior. You become less agitated and depressed after spending quality time with your loving pet.

  1. Pets are a great distraction.

In the midst of the good and horrible things occurring in our lives, pets can be an excellent distraction. Pets only require food, water, affection and attention. They are simple beings. For that reason, pets can be an effective therapy when your head is flooding with distractions. It is tough to ruminate on how horrible things are when a dog or cat is breathing near your face.

  1. Pets promote touch.

Touch is a powerful healing tool. Research indicates that a 45-minute massage can decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol and even allows for your immune system to run more efficiently by building white blood cells. Hugging floods our body with oxytocin, a chemical that reduces blood pressure, heart rate and lowers stress.   It should come to no surprise then that petting a dog or cat can lower blood pressure and boost happy chemicals like serotonin and dopamine.

  1. Pets make you more responsible.

With pets come responsibility, and sometimes that is very healthy for us. Psychologists agree that we build our self-esteem by taking ownership of a task. When we succeed, we can assure ourselves that we can take care of others as well as ourselves. Taking care of a pet brings structure to our day. Sleeping in becomes less likely because we have to walk our dogs. Staying out all night now requires more planning and thought. Essentially, you begin to spend more time conscious of your day to day duties.


Having a pet can be helpful for many reasons. Do you have a furry friend?  If you or someone you love is struggling with mental illness, substance abuse or addiction, please call now.

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15 Signs You Are Socially Awkward

15 Signs You Are Socially Awkward

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Being socially awkward can at times be extremely difficult, but it is funny to think about how you act in certain situations (for me, at least). I am definitely a socially awkward person so I relate to this very much. Here are 15 signs you are socially awkward.

15 Signs You Are Socially Awkward…

1. When your phone rings, it is one of the most terrifying things and you almost never answer it.

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2. You tell jokes that you find hilarious, but no one else laughs.

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3. Entering a room full of people that you aren’t familiar with makes you very uncomfortable.

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4. You tend to avoid eye contact with people.

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5. Bumping into someone you know in a public place is cause for a panic attack.

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6. You are constantly planning what you are going to say before speaking, but it never comes out the way you plan.

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7. When you are with a friend and they’re talking to someone you don’t know, you just stand there behind them saying nothing.

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8. You tend to laugh inappropriately and talking about inappropriate things.

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9. You are extremely awkward in your greetings with people and your goodbyes.

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10. Attempting to flirt is like speaking a foreign language to you.

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11. You’ve been known to pretend to be texting or doing anything on your cell phone in social situations.

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12. Just seeing an invite to a social gathering gets you all worked up.

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13. You don’t respond well to compliments and usually start jumbling words together and make no sense.

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14. You prefer to seek out the household pet at parties, rather than socialize.

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15. In casual situations involving small talk, you tend to subconsciously have a nervous tic –like biting your nails, pulling on your clothes or playing with your hair.

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In all honesty, being socially awkward can be crippling at times. It is important to learn how to deal with the social anxiety you feel. For me, I find it easier to just say I feel awkward or uncomfortable. A lot of my awkwardness comes from my worrying about other people’s thoughts and feelings and the future outcome of things. When I am living in the present moment, (sometimes) I tend to be much more relaxed.

Socially awkward moments happen to everyone; it’s how you make progress and move beyond such moments that make the difference between wanting to sink into the ground and simply brushing it off as a temporary hiccup. Partially created by our own fears and worries, partially created by social anticipations and how we understand these, social awkwardness can stop us from fully relating with others out of fear of being teased or even disliked by our peers.

If you’re frightened of being trapped in awkward situations or of coming across as socially awkward to others, there are some great reasons not to be. Everyone has to acquire how to deal with social humiliation at times and even if you’re more socially awkward than the normal person, there are ways to get past that, such as: realize you’re not alone, try sourcing your feelings of social awkwardness, increase your confidence, be friendly, be less concerned about what others think, focus on the positives, lighten up, learn to relax, be kind to yourself and put yourself out there! If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.

 

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

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A lot of people don’t have any idea what to do for fun when they first get sober. Getting sober can be difficult because all we know is drugs and alcohol and without those things it can make life feel boring, at first. It turns out life is even more fun when we’re sober! There are so many different activities that you can do to have fun in sobriety; here are some tips from the characters of the TV show The Office on how to have fun in sobriety.

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)…

Take up a new hobby, like karate

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Start gardening

 

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Spend time with your friends

 

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Drawing

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Dancing

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Explore your inner comedian

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Play pranks on friends

 

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Spend time with animals (pets, like your dog)

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Photography

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Plan trips, go on a vacation

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See new movies

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Help people

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You’d honestly be surprised how much more fun life can be without drugs and alcohol. You remember everything and genuinely laugh and have fun without the influence of substances. I can say I’ve laughed harder and had more fun in sobriety than I ever did in my addiction. Don’t get me wrong, I had fun in the beginning of my ‘party days’ but eventually I was absolutely miserable. I got to a point where I didn’t even know what fun was anymore; I strictly lived to drink and drug. Luckily, I found myself in a place of desperation that required me to either get sober or go on and die like that.

Now that I’m sober, I enjoy reading, laughing, spending time with friends, seeing movies and etc. I am a happier person and at peace with myself and I believe I am much more fun to be around now. I also enjoy different things than I did when I was using. It is enjoyable for me to help new girls in the program and go to meetings and meet new people. Helping people gives me a spiritual high which is SO much better than a high from drugs and alcohol.

You are able to figure out what your hobbies are and what you truly enjoy once you get sober. I know one of my friends discovered she was really talented at drawing and art; not only is it great to find a hobby but it can be a form of meditation which we all need! Honestly, being happy in sobriety is one of the greatest gifts I could have ever asked for, and I didn’t even ask for it! I just wanted to stop drinking and drugging and in turn got this amazing life out of it. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.

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Addiction News: May 6th, 2013

Could an Alleged Cocaine Scandal Put Cara Delevingne’s Career in Jeopardy? [Fashionista]

Pot for pets? Vet offers unorthodox marijuana treatment for pups in pain [Daily News]

Compulsive gambling funds off pace of new casinos [The Wall Street Journal]

Prescription drug abuse a ‘silent epidemic’ in Montana [Missoulian]

Alcohol amnesty for minors law signed [The Columbian]

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