As part of our wellbeing at work program, we introduced Fluffy Friday, giving staff the opportunity to bring their dogs into the office on a Friday.
Why does petting a dog relieve stress?
Dog owners will already know how relaxing it is to stroke their pet. Now university scientists have backed you up with research into the physiological effects of petting a dog. The research showed a reduction in Cortisol (AKA the stress hormone) when interacting with a dog. The reduction of stress hormones may, over time, have significant benefits for physical and mental health.
What hormone is released when petting a dog?
Cortisol is not the only hormone affected by playing with your pet.
Another university study found that petting a dog for just 15 minutes boosts the so-called “feel-good” hormones, serotonim, prolactin and oxytocin, and even lowers blood pressure by 10%.
Given that anti-depressants often work by raising serotonin levels in the brain, it’s easy to see why stroking a dog can be a real mood-booster.
These two, Jake and Shasta have certainly made themselves at home in the tmWare office!
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