In the 18th century, a well-known philanthropist, William Tuke, who ran an asylum for the mentally disabled people, found that the presence of animals helped his patients gain more health benefits.

This discovery led to significant research to discover other benefits that animals could provide. Some realized that the presence of pets in experimental rooms helped calm the patients down, while others found that owning pets significantly reduced the chances of getting heart failure.

But in essence, pets do not add or subtract anything from us. The central role, which they play is usually psychological. So, isn’t it logical to say that animals help us primarily by keeping us company? This is how they are able to offer such great psychological benefits, some of which we may not know about yet. Read more here…