Are People with Pets Happier and Healthier?

people with pets are happierIn a study of ‘everyday people’ conducted by psychologists at St. Louis University and the University of Miami (Ohio), it was determined pet owners have better well-being outcomes and individual differences than folks who don’t share their lives with companion animals.

According to lead researcher Allen R. McConnell:

"Specifically, pet owners had greater self-esteem, were more physically fit, tended to be less lonely, were more conscientious, were more extroverted, tended to be less fearful and tended to be less preoccupied than non-owners."