Cuddling and playing with a pet can trigger your body’s ability to release a flood of feel-good hormones such as oxytocin (aka the ‘love’ hormone). Pet-owners have also been found to have lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, which translates to better heart health.
Word of caution: Pet ownership is a lifelong commitment. Please do not adopt a puppy because it’s “cute” and because your child or spouse wants it. A considerable amount of time, money and effort is involved in training a pet to live with your family so please do not adopt or buy a pet on impulse. But, if you have considered all factors and are ready to share your life and love with a pet, do contact an animal shelter to see if they have a suitable dog/cat for adoption. Please try to adopt rather than buy a pet.
About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits, and hopes to meet Steven Tyler in person one day.