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Guess This Instant Stress Reliever You Might Already Have In Your Home

Stressed out? Even watching a fish swim in an aquarium, petting your dog or cat or riding a horse, can help reduce stress and raise serotonin levels, studies have shown.

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"There is something about pets that are especially helpful to those who love and have them."

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Michael Steele Matt Cardy Justin Sullivan Eric Ford Junko Kimura
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As you look to decrease stress and increase hope in your life, here is an idea that many do not often think about, but for those who do this, it really does work, what is it? It's all about pets. Pets can help reduce stress, studies have shown that the actual petting of your cat or dog can elevate worry or even watching a fish swim in an aquarium, will reduce cortisol and it's a stress hormone or riding a horse can reduce stress. Doing these kinds of activities with pets can raise the production of the positive feel-good chemical commonly called serotonin. In serotonin is a natural positive mood enhancer, it exists within us all, and loving caring pets can release it within us. Pets can be a positive way to overcome stress and alleviate worry. All god's creatures are gifts, but there is something about pets that are especially helpful to those who love and have them.