Mindfulness Mondays (MM)

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Welcome to the second week of Mindfulness Mondays! This week will focus on why dogs help you with your mental health. 

We all know that having a companion by your side is helpful whether it’s a person or a pet. A dog is a great choice! 

Having a dog is a great way to improve your happiness. 

“Just playing with a dog has been shown to raise levels of the feel-good brain chemicals oxytocin and dopamine, creating positive feelings and bonding for both the person and their pet,” says the American Heart Association Website. 

Dogs assist people with becoming more active. When they need to go for a walk, that in return gives you the opportunity to step out and take in some fresh air. This can also clean your mind from anything that might have you preoccupied. 

Dogs also present a sense of unity. Your dog does not care about what kind of day you had at school or work; they will come to greet you with warmth and a smile every time you step through the door. 

Be sure to go and hug your dog as an appreciation.