Loneliness has been increasingly knocking on the doors of our homes in recent years. Disappointed with life, the people around them and the whole world, people are turning to themselves more and more. This should not be a permanent solution, but it is becoming a serious problem. There is a saying that says “It is better to be alone than to share space, time and yourself with anyone. “There is an accuracy in that as long as loneliness works out positively for us. It frees us from the accumulated negative energy because of everything we have gone through, seen, experienced. If you have fallen into apathy yourself, started loving loneliness and started enjoying it, it might be a good idea to start socializing and befriending animals. They can greatly help us overcome any life problem, even illness.
Recent research confirms that dogs are the perfect company. They can help us feel less lonely.
Dog hugs, drooling kisses, and meeting other dog owners in the park certainly helps to improve our mood.
The study further says that dogs are not affected by psychological stress, which is characteristic of depression and anxiety.
The study was conducted in Australia, starting with the fact that almost two in five Australian households own a dog. Many dog owners will assure us that a dog is a source of pure happiness, yet there is a lack of scientific evidence.
Most previous research has compared the mental state of dog owners and non-dog owners. The problem with these studies is that they were unable to detect whether dogs made us happier, less lonely, or whether dogs were less stressed because of dogs. Do dog owners generally have a more positive state of mind than others.
In this most recent study, mental health was measured at three key moments: before the dog was adopted, three months after the dog was adopted, and eight months after the dog was adopted.
Their research, known as the ‘PAWS Trial’ or ‘Paw Trial’, involved 71 adults from Sydney. The people were divided into three groups:
• Those who purchased the dog within one month of the start of the survey
• those who were interested in fostering a dog in the near future but agreed not to do so for the duration of the study
• those who were not interested in fostering a dog
People filled out surveys that measured their mood, loneliness, and symptoms of psychological distress in the three moments mentioned.
The scientists then compared the mental state of groups of people at the beginning, middle and end of the study.
It turned out that people (who recently adopted a dog) felt less lonely after they adopted a dog compared to the other two groups of people.