As a dog lover, there is no denying that a dog enhances our lives in a way we can hardly imagine. They cheer our mood and brighten our day. Even though sometimes they chew our socks and shoes, drag our clothes all over the house, but they have their own way of making us happy and healthy. Their unconditional love and the company they provide is truly a blessing to humans. Thus, dogs play a vital role in the overall well-being of human life and add years of life.

Even though there are many ways that dogs - as our best friend, makes us happy and our lives healthier, here we will talk about 5 ways:

Dogs help relieve depression:

Dogs can be a great company. You never feel alone, empty or hollow when you have a dog as a pet. Dogs help keep your mood jolly and steady, even on your worst days. Living with a pet is as engaging as raising a child. They keep you involved and you have a routine life. Your pet needs to be fed, given water and need to be walked two or three times a day-demanding your time. Taking care of a dog actually brings structure to your day which could be a major reason for relieving your depression. It is also found that people who enjoy living with dogs are significantly less likely to fall into depression, than those who don’t. Some study shows that taking care of dogs help in releasing both serotonin (a compound present in blood platelets and serum) and dopamine (a compound present in the body as a neurotransmitter), which are essential hormones that fight depression.

Dogs help enhance your mood:

It’s always fun around a dog. Dogs encourage exercise and their playfulness help boost your mood which reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Like any good human friend, a dog can understand your body language, gesture, and feeling. With their activities, they can help us to become more mindful and appreciate the joy of the present time. Dog unconditional love add real joy to our life. Thus, your active lifestyle helps your body lower cortisol (stress chemical) and release serotonin (stress relieving chemical). The research found that dogs are keen observers and thus can act sensitively. They watch you closely so that they can easily recognize your unstable moods and get hints as to what is about to happen and many times they make attempt to lighten your mood.

Dogs help to calm down:

Human's everyday life is stressful. They have to go through a lot of stuff all day. By the end of the day, they feel exhausted and seek for some kind of relaxation. Dogs help people to feel good. When you come after your long day work and your dog comes running to you and welcomes you at the door with sloppy kisses definitely calms you down. The feelings when your pup puts their head on your lap and you gently give them a massage is all you need to calm down. Also when anxiety hits you up and you're freaking out, having your dog jump into your lap and begin to snuggle really help bring you back down.

Dogs will never judge you:

Dogs are human’s best friend, a better companion. They are incapable of judging others. Whatever the situation is they are always selfless and loyal to humans. With dogs, you can always be sure that they will never cheat or betray you. They don't care if you are rich or poor, successful or failures. They love you for whoever you are. You can totally be yourself without any fear of being judged.

Dog contributes to a strong immune system:

Dogs bring so many benefits to human life. The research found that dogs have a probiotic (live bacteria and yeasts) which helps to develop healthy bacteria colonies (mass of microorganisms) in human’s body that in turn help to boost the immune system. It is also found that human and dog have a strong emotional bond which helps to improve the immune system of both people and their dogs. Also, the children who grow up with dogs are less likely to experience coughs, ear infections and symptoms such as stuffiness, runny nose, sneezing and congestion.