Your Dog Can Help You When You’re Sad

Have you recently had a breakup, your dog can help you when you’re sad. I personally haven’t had a breakup, (at least not in a good while) but I do know that when I’m sad about something, my dogs, Sugar and Honey, are always there to perk me up. They sit there next to me, looking up at me, as if to say, “Okay mom, what’s wrong? Talk to us.” Honestly, I do talk to them, and I do feel better afterwards.  So, the next time you’re sad for any reason you might want to hang out with your pet. Arcadia University researchers found participants who were primed to recall times they were socially rejected got a mood boost after viewing photos of dogs and cats. Study author Christina Brown says this happens because we tend to ascribe human-like emotions and personality traits to animals. Brown explains, “When we feel rejected or lonely, we want to feel connected to other people again. If we think animals have emotions (which I believe) and relate to use like humans do, then they can give us the feeling of social connection we’re lacking from other people.” Additionally, she says animals provide comfort without the risk of rejection. So true. Dogs give you the best of unconditional love.girl with dog