How Matching with the Perfect Pet Can Improve Your Health

Millions of animals arrive in shelters each year — and many don’t make it out. We’re supporting those homeless animals by donating $.01 (at a minimum of $15,000) to the ASPCA for every match you make on Bumble Date, Bumble BFF, and Bumble Bizz through May 31st. Devoted to protecting animals under the law, the ASPCA was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans.

Beyond giving animals the loving home they deserve, adopting your own furry friend could have major benefits for your physical and mental well-being. Whether you’re considering becoming a pet owner or are a long-time lover of the animal kingdom, here’s how a pet can help you become the best (and healthiest) version of yourself.

They’re built-in exercise buddies

A simple way to increase your overall energy is to get physical. When you bring home a dog in particular, you’re practically guaranteeing you’ll spend more time moving your body outside. Those early-morning and/or after-work walks will not only help you squeeze in low-key exercise, but will also increase your exposure to Vitamin D. A healthy dose of sunlight is proven to battle everything from depression to heart attacks and cancer.

They’re stress-relief stars

Therapy animals come in all shapes and sizes, but your pet doesn’t need any training to stabilize your stress levels. The simple act of petting or cuddling with your pet has been known to trigger the release of the anxiety-relieving hormone oxytocin, which helps lower blood pressure and increase relaxation.

They’re the ultimate mood lifters

You know that aww-inducing moment you feel when watch the adorable animal video du jour on social media? Watching your pet perform a cute trick, or simply taking a few minutes to play with them, increases the flow of feel-good chemicals serotonin and dopamine. Similar to oxytocin, this dynamic duo is known to decrease stress while at boosting your perceived levels of happiness and contentment.

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