12 Pictures Of Pets Being Incredibly Silly To Make You LaughBy Vika https://pictolic.com/article/12-pictures-of-pets-being-incredibly-silly-to-make-you-laugh.html
Some say that people don’t deserve dogs; and while I agree with the statement, I believe that we might not be worthy of animals in general. With their adorably weird behavior and derpy faces, the critters undeniably make our world a better place, and there sure is enough content on the internet to back that up.
Today, we would like to shed light on some of it. Shared by the ‘Hayvanormal’ Instagram account, the images on the list below show that there is never a dull moment with a pet; and if there is, that means they are most likely asleep, which—of course—calls for taking a picture.
So, if such content is something you enjoy, wait no longer and start scrolling through the funny snapshots of animals on the list below, where you will also find Bored Panda’s interview with a senior lecturer in the Psychology department at the University of New Hampshire and an expert in animal behavior, Jan Tornick.
“There are many studies that demonstrate positive health and mental health effects of pet ownership on a wide range of human conditions,” Jan Tornick, senior lecturer in the Psychology department at the University of New Hampshire and an expert in animal behavior, told Pictolic in a recent interview.
For example, according to the Waltham Petcare Science Institute, pet parents—especially those sharing a home with a dog—have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and better overall heart health. In addition to that, pets can positively influence people’s mental well-being by providing emotional support and helping them deal with stress and the way they respond to it.
Expert in lifestyle medicine and wellness and a teacher at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Pegg Frates, too, emphasized that what critters share with us is more than just playtime and derpy faces. "Pets provide us with a sense of belonging, connection, and contentment for which we all long," she told Harvard Health Publishing.
Dogs, for instance, make their humans exercise, too, whether they feel like it or not. According to Harvard Health Publishing, dog owners tend to walk roughly 20 minutes more per day than those without a four-legged companion.
But the physical activity taking daily walks entails is not the only benefit of taking time to explore the great outdoors with your pet. "Dogs are great mindfulness teachers because they live in the moment, using their senses of smell, hearing, sight, and touch as they move through the world," Dr. Frates pointed out, suggesting that following your dog’s lead while on a walk and focusing on what they focus on can be a great way to relieve stress.
Some research suggests that one of the reasons pets have such a positive impact on people’s well-being is the link between human-animal interactions and their levels of oxytocin—one of the so-called happiness hormones. One doesn’t need to look far for evidence, just pay attention to any dog-and-owner duo after the human comes home from work; there ought to be face lighting up, tails wagging, feet stomping, and at least a couple of “who’s a good boy” here and there.
The benefits of owning a pet have likely had something to do with the growing interest in sharing a home with an adorable critter over the last few decades. According to Forbes, nowadays roughly 66% of households in the US—adding up to nearly 87 million homes—own a pet, while back in 1988, roughly 56% of them did.