Dogs boost your mood better than wine and chocolate
You've probably heard that reasonable amounts of red wine and chocolate are good for health. But did you know that Missouri University research proved that even 15 minutes of communication a day with your doggy are much better for your health than wine and chocolate? And here's a big plus: Dogs don't have side effects (unlike alcohol and sugar).
Here's how the research which proved that dogs are beneficial for mood and health was conducted. 100 people (50 dog owners and 50 people who don't have a dog) were in a room for at least 15 minutes with:
a) their own dogs (of course, the dog-owners only)
b) unfamiliar dogs (all participants)
c) robot dogs (all participants)
During each step, each participant calmly stroked and scratched the dog. Both people and dogs were tested for blood at the beginning and at the end of the experiment. Participants' blood pressure was also measured every 5 minutes.
Those who communicated with their own dogs saw that their blood pressure decreased by an average of 10%. However, interaction with unfamiliar dogs and robot dogs produced no such effect.