It’s hard to believe that my animals help my professional life.
My dog is great at a lot of things but his true calling is being in my way. He chews up any loose papers I leave around, knocks my phone out of my hands, and really dislikes my attention being on anything except for him, and that includes my job.
My cat will sit on my computer while I’m typing, sleeps on papers or notebooks, and stretches her body across my arms while I’m using my computer. They are about as unhelpful as they could possibly be. I guess that’s what I get for paying attention to work and not feeding them or throwing the Frisbee…
But, truthfully, our animals are great for our professional lives.
Obviously they are great for our personal lives, but the benefits that we get from having an animal at home tend to translate to our jobs.
How Your Pet Helps Improve Your Professional Life
Animals make us happy, improve our health, help us to be more productive, and can enhance our social skills. So while they are distracting you by putting a ball in your lap or napping on your laptop, remember that we owe them an extra treat or pat on the head for helping us to be more successful at work.
Here are the 4 main reasons why your pet helps improve your professional life.
Our animals help our professional lives with a series of chained events. No, they aren’t completing paperwork or going to meetings for you, but their involvement in your home life trickles down to all areas of your life.
Animals make us happy and happiness affects all areas of life including your work life. Interacting with your furry friend elevates levels of serotonin and dopamine which both calm and relax you.
Because of this, animals are used as emotional support animals or therapy animals to help college students during finals week, veterans suffering from PTSD, children with autism, seniors in assisted living facilities, inmates, in hospitals, and in addiction centers.
Every time you spend time throwing a ball or napping with your pet you are benefiting from doses of calming happiness that they are providing you with.
All of this happiness is causing you to be more motivated, patient, and have more pride in the work you are doing. Spending time with your pup helps them too, so focus on training, play time, good manners, and teaching them to trust you will help their physical and mental well-being.
Pay attention to your dog’s body language and work with them if they are anxious, nervous, or aggressive. Trust and training can do wonders for your dog’s happiness.
2) Health Benefits
Animals do wonders for your health as well.
Your pet can help to ward off allergies and studies have shown that having a pet can lower a child’s likelihood of developing animal related allergies. According to studies conducted by the CDC, animal owners tend to have healthier hearts.
Not a big surprise there that our hearts are healthier with our animals than without them. Those living with pets tend to have decreased blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, all of which help lower the risk of having a heart attack.
The reasons for these health benefits stem from the heightened serotonin and dopamine levels that relax and calm us leading to less stressful lives. Also, dog owners, especially, tend to live more active lifestyles due to a dog’s need for exercise.
All of these health benefits that your pet offer help to reduce stress and diminish stress inducing health problems. If you are less stressed at work then you will produce better work, have a better attitude, and handle stressful workloads better than you would otherwise.
Plus, after a hard day there is nothing better than lounging with a book and a cat on your lap or cuddling with a loving pup.
Animals are cuddly, loyal, and reliable companions.
They need you for their own happiness and health as well. The amount of perks that your pets get from you might actually outweigh the perks you get from them. Pets feel the same sort of comfort, stress release, and health benefits from belonging to a family as you get from having them as a part of the family.
Animals crave human affection, benefit from more exercise in a home, and tend to be healthier than stray dogs or dogs that live in animal shelters. Just keep your home safe and animal-friendly and your animal will benefit from the family life just as much as you do.
Taking care of an animal that relies on you for their happiness, well-being, and health causes pet owners to be more productive and get more things done. Animals require attention and, therefore, it’s pretty difficult to spend your time in inefficient ways.
They require exercise, mental stimulation, and interaction with their person. An object in motion tends to stay in motion, so your pup can encourage a more productive lifestyle overall.
Pet owners are more prone to routine, are happier, more fulfilled, and healthier, all of which contribute to being more productive in their work lives.
4) Social Skills
People love animals, they just do.
They are loving and cuddly balls of fur that have cute faces and live to make us happy. Many people view their pets like members of the family and adore having them in their lives. For this reason, animals can be a great ice breaker for social interactions at work.
For those that struggle with networking or creating interoffice relationships, it can be difficult communicating on a personal level. It’s usually simple enough to discuss work because it’s something you have in common with your co-workers.
Bringing up your pet or discussing a pet with your co-workers is a great way to connect with them on a personal level.
Think about this next time you are trying to make small talk or build a relationship with someone at work, if you don’t know enough about sports or another hobby of theirs bring up your pet or ask about theirs. Soon you’ll be sharing photos and stories in no time.
My cat and dog might be a pain sometimes, but I have no doubt that they help me in more ways than I realize.
Even when they distract me from work, get jealous of my computer, or get in my way they are a welcome and loving disturbance in my day.
My happiness, health, productivity, and social skills are all extremely important to my day-to-day life as well as my work life. I’ll remember that next time my dog wants me to play or my cat wants to cuddle.
Even if it does take me away from my responsibilities for a moment, it’s nice to return the favor to my furry family members for aiding in a successful professional life.
Does your pet help improve your professional life? Leave a comment below.