Feeling blue? Be forewarned, when coming into contact with a dog, you might catch some happy hormones!
If you’re feeling sad, there’s probably one thing you’re looking for . . . RELIEF! In other words, you want to be happy again. Happiness can be found in many places, but none more available and sure than in the arms of your dog!
We certainly feel better when surrounded by our canine companions, but what’s actually going on behind the scenes?
The human-canine bond seems linked to a “feel good” hormone called oxytocin. Oxytocin is released in both humans and dogs when they interact, while playing, snuggling, walking together, or simply gazing in each other’s eyes. It’s also called the “bonding hormone,” “love hormone”, “happy hormone,” and “cuddle chemical.” It supports cooperation, social bonding, and feelings of wellness, happiness, calm, affection, and trust.
Imagine that: those of us who live with dogs have access 24/7 to this “happy hormone!” And yet we often get so caught up in our “to do” lists, work, even social media that we don’t take enough time to just sit with our beloved dogs and soak in their affection and healing hugs. Honestly, it’s free therapy, and dogs are some of the best psychiatrist in the world!
Feeling blue? Call your dog. Seriously! Stop what you’re doing, sit and snuggle with your dog. Let his pure unbridled passion and enthusiasm for life fill your heart with joy!
If you don’t have a dog to hold, try visiting or volunteering at a shelter. I’m sure they’d be thrilled to have some extra hands to help care for, walk, and love on the dogs and cats. Who knows, you may even end up adopting one! Now that would be a happy ending for all!
I can’t help but thank God for creating such an incredibly loving and unique animal that can comfort, heal our wounds, and bring so much happiness into our lives!
“There’s no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” —Ben Williams
This is an excerpt from the book, Pawz and Pray.
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“Leila’s book has been a true inspiration to me. It makes you focus on what’s really important in life. The author gives us great examples on how we can have a closer walk with God by following the lead that our pets give us in their everyday life. “Pawz and Pray” encourages us to put our worry and anxiety aside and take time to enjoy the things God has put right in front of us. This book has touched my heart in an indescribable way. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves animals and wants to have a closer connection to our Heavenly Father.”
– Holly Cornwell, Editor 2007 – June 2014, The Royal Spaniels
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