“The psychological and emotional benefits of pet ownership are well-known among mental health professionals,” says Sweet. “Having a close bond with a domestic animal can boost ‘feel good’ biochemicals such as endorphins and oxytocin; which can make owners feel more relaxed, calmer and happier at home. Owners may also talk to their furry friends and gain a friendly, comforting ear and warm welcome when they are feeling unwell, sad or lonely.”
Of course, these results may not be much of a surprise to anyone. Previous studies have found owning a dog boosts sex appeal and is even linked to a longer life.
Source: Survey: Pet Owners Happier, Wealthier, More Fit Than Non-Owners – Study Finds