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Reduce Your Heart Rate - Pet an Animal

Did you know that petting your dog or cat can help reduce your blood pressure?
 
According to Dr. Alan Beck, ScD who is the director of the Center of the Human-Animal Bond at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, our bodies release oxytocin, which is a powerful hormone that decreases blood pressure in humans, making us feel more relaxed.
 
This same relaxing effect is experienced in animals as well showing that both animals and humans get the physiological benefit from each other.