Have you ever had a bad day? Like if someone was mean at school or you didn’t do well on a test? It can be nice to return home to a pet and be able to tell them all about your day. In some schools, there are even special animal therapy programs where students can pet an animal, with the goal of feeling better!
But why do pets make us feel better? It turns out that our bodies release a special chemical called oxytocin. When oxytocin reaches the brain, it causes our bodies to feel more relaxed, which can help decrease our stress levels.
Interestingly, when you pet, cuddle, or even talk to your pet, this makes your friend feel better too!
Just another great reason to spend some quality time with your pets!