Dogs offer more emotional support than human friends.

A study reveals that dogs offer more emotional support than human friends. Image: Pexels

Dogs outshine humans in emotional support: Recent study

The research indicates that our beloved dogs provide an exclusive and incomparable wellspring of emotional support and comfort

Dogs offer more emotional support than human friends.

A study reveals that dogs offer more emotional support than human friends. Image: Pexels

New research has unveiled the distinctive ability of dogs to induce both psychological and physiological calmness in their owners during challenging situations, National Geographic reported.

Dogs’ love and support is unconditional

Unlike human interactions, the profound impact of dogs lies in their unconditional love and non-judgmental support, affecting mental well-being and physical responses. Evangeline Wheeler, a professor of psychology at Towson University, underscores the predictability and reliability of dog companions, fostering a sense of security through their unconditional love and non-critical demeanour.

Psychological benefits of Canine Companion

According to The News International, research in Psychosomatic Medicine and the Journal Emotion shows that having a dog present results in smaller increases in blood pressure and heart rate during stressful tasks than being with human friends or partners. During stress-inducing tasks like the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST), individuals with a canine companion showed lower stress levels. This highlights dogs’ distinctive capacity to offer comfort and stability.

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Daily Conversations with Dogs

Beyond their physical presence, the act of conversing with one’s dog plays a pivotal role in emotional well-being.
Daily dog conversations gently remind us of meaning and purpose, fostering security and unconditional love. Lori Kogan, a psychologist at Colorado State University, recognizes the honesty and acceptance shaping human-dog relationships.

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Confiding in Dogs

The research underscores the therapeutic benefits of confiding in dogs about emotionally charged issues. People share difficult emotions, like depression and anxiety, more willingly with dogs than with romantic partners or friends. Interacting with dogs releases oxytocin, the “love hormone,” reducing short-term stress responses, beyond emotional support.

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