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- By Daniel DeNoon, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter
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Daniel DeNoon, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter
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I totally agree with this post. Being completely healthy well-being, one must have a good state of mind and socially healthy.Visiting places like Hawaii is great for unwinding and recreation activities.
wow, this is great!
Very happy to see this post.This is really very nice article.I like dogs.
I love this article! I really know that training your dogs is important if you plan on walking them though. I know for me it was really important because I have English Mastiffs, but even when I had Labrador dogs it was important as well. They are loving dogs, but he would see a dog or squirrel and before training I would go along for a ride!
Thank you for the great read!
Dog’s are great, they are walways happy to see you when your home, and they always want to hang out with you.
Love me dog!
It is very good information, but I’m afraid of dogs 🙂
This is a great article, “Pet ownership, particularly dog ownership, may be reasonable for reduction in cardiovascular disease risk.” Dogs make great companions, and generally put a smile on your face. It is no suprise that the would also likely reduce cardio vascular disease. I would assume research may suggest that people who own dogs are generally more active. Great post
its very nice information… i’ll wait for your next article etc 😀 😀 😀
I have been on disability from my government job for over two years and am currently applying for medical pension. My disability is a combination of PTSD, anxiety, depression, agoraphobia and stress.
My two dogs are best friends. They provide distraction and a lot of enjoyment, providing much needed opportunities to smile and laugh.
They also force me to interact with them (i.e. playing, walking, etc.)
They truly are beneficial for mental disabilities as well.
That’s a very nice comment and I’m touched by it for a few reasons. I believe in the benefits that pets bring to people with PTSD. I’ve read much about those suffering from living with thoughts of isolation, fear and emotional numbness to living a life of near normalcy. This work is truly amazing! I recently wrote an article about the care of family pets and, while not directly mentioning this topic, it was inspired by a similar situation. If the link is not allowed, the gist of the article is: take simple steps to care for your family pet each and every day as preventative and to protect them from diseases.
great information for people with dogs or who are thinking of getting one.
i rescued a small dog a couple years ago after i became disabled. he not only makes me have to take him on walks but he also helps me cope with my stress. i have never been a huge fan of dogs but since getting him he brings so much joy to my life, i don’t know now what i would do with out him. he even inspired me to start making dog clothing, i learned to sew and create dog clothes that are easy to wear and are comfortable for dogs.
i love this information you provided everyone with.
i hope the information helps people in making their decision on whether or not to bring a dog into their lives. if you can do it, it’s a wonderful thing!
It is very good information, but I don’t like dog. 🙂
Thanks for your write-up. One other thing is the fact that individual American states have their own laws of which affect home owners, which makes it very difficult for the our lawmakers to come up with a brand new set of guidelines concerning foreclosures on homeowners. The problem is that each state offers own legislation which may interact in an unfavorable manner when it comes to foreclosure policies.
don’t follow you. how does foreclosures relate to the health benefits of pet ownership?
Walking with dog is really good Daniel, Actually that is my daily routine in our province with my Prince. I don’t know how many kilometers that we can walk with my budy,that is from house going to the side sea, And that is really work it.
I have high blood that why,I need to have some exercise.
Not really heavy exercise but like what are you doing walking with dog.
Anyway Daniel that is really good to our health, continue doing that. I can say Dog is really heart’s best friend.
Thank you so much for sharing Daniel.
Thanks a lot!
If you can’t or would rather not own a dog, try walking dogs at an animal shelter. The experience is even more intense. You’ll love it.
Thought you’d like this. Perhaps you should start me too to walk the dog(s)!!!!!
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