Dogs are the most popular pet in America, and for good reason. Not only are dogs adorable, cute and fun to play with, but owning a dog can have a direct effect on the quality of your life.
According to the QL5 Index, there are five areas that contribute to the quality of your life. These are:
While owning a dog can't help you out with nutrition or achieving a work-life balance, it can affect movement, sleep and emotional health. Practically, this means that owning a dog can actually improve the quality of your life.
MovementWhen you have a dog, you have to take them for a walk at least once a day, if not twice. This means that you have physical activity built into your life on a daily basis. How much physical activity you get is up to you — some dog owners go for a five-minute walk, others go for 50 minutes. Walking outside with your dog is a win-win situation. Dogs naturally love movement, fresh air and all the interesting smells that are outside. At the same time, their owners reap all the benefits of daily exercise.
Benefits of regular exercise include weight control, improved heart health and memory, reduced stress, strong bones and muscles, and more.
SleepWhile owning a dog doesn't directly affect your sleep, studies have shown that people who exercise daily have an easier time falling asleep, as well as a higher quality of sleep. Sleep is quite possibly one of the best gifts that we can give to ourselves. It has so many healing qualities and benefits, including reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, improving mood and memory, helping your body fight infections and more.
Dog owners may also sleep better since they know that their beloved canine friend will alert them if there are any signs of trouble at night.
Emotional HealthThere's a reason that dogs are called “man's best friend.” It's because they're loyal, provide companionship and offer unconditional love. Having a dog around can lead to feeling emotionally healthy, calmer and less anxious. They can provide relief from depressive episodes and help their owners stay more positive. Dogs are also great for helping kids regulate their emotions, which can directly result in calmer parents.
Dogs also provide a real antidote to loneliness, which can reduce longevity by 70%. Not only do dogs act as companions, but they also facilitate social interactions between humans. Dog owners feel a sense of camaraderie, which means that their social circles are naturally widened.
Additional Benefits of Owning a DogIn addition to the benefits mentioned above, studies have found that dog owners get sick less frequently than their non-dog owner counterparts, have better heart health and build stronger allergy resistance.
Dog = High Quality of LifeIf you struggle in the areas of movement, sleep and emotional health, getting a dog is a practical way to deal with all those issues at once.
Remember, as your quality of life climbs higher and higher, your life insurance rates will get lower and lower. People who are active, eat healthily and who are emotionally balanced almost always get lower life insurance premiums than those who aren't.