How Doing Good Makes You Feel Great
When you help others, it helps you, too -- really! Here are simple ways to give back
1. Pets relax your body and mind. One study showed that spending just 12 minutes with an animal lowered blood pressure, anxiety and the release of stress hormones among hospital patients.
2. Adopting a pet is good for your heart -- and not just in a warm, fuzzy way. Researchers say those who spend time with dogs have lower cholesterol.
3. You can skip the gym. Studies have found that dog owners are less likely to be obese than those without pets.
Want all these benefits without the related stress of paying vet bills? Volunteer at an animal shelter. Most organizations just require a one-day orientation, and then you can set your own hours. Your health will go to the dogs -- in a good way.
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