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Your pets do a lot more than just make you feel good: evidence suggests they also help lower cholesterol, relieve stress, and boost self-esteem. Moreover, according to research, interaction between humans andf their pets promotes a boost of the feel-good hormone Oxytocin.
Interestingly, Oxytocin is the hormone behind the special bond between new parents and their babies. It is thought to influence a number of physiological and behavioural processes, particularly sexual and social behaviour in males and females. Counsellors recognise it as a heart protector; not necessarily physiologically (although such is advertised as the case) but psychologically. We suggest that reaching out to care for others - doing good to feel good - encourages the release of the hormone, which in turn cares for the giver. (Interested? Google the Study: Doing Good Makes You Feel Good)
Research indicates that Oxytocin reduces anxiety, that it decreases aggression and encourages friendly, sociable behaviour, that it encourages curiosity, promotes maternal instincts and behaviours, and lowers blood pressure and heart rate. The latter has been well researched in relation to close contact between pets and humans even without the oxytocin connection and is the reason that ‘therapy’ pets are accepted into aged care and mental health facilities.
So why am I boring you with this article, which may be telling you stuff you already know? Well, I thought I was first and foremost a businesswoman, albeit now reduced to a 7-bedroom motel as my business. I should be all about filling the rooms and building our bank balance? Guess what. It appears I am also a sucker for the pet element. A couple arrived this afternoon when we only had three rooms out of the seven booked. They required that I show them the rooms I had to offer – nothing wrong with that, in fact, when people ask for a room, I nearly always say “I will show you what we have”.
No. I watched these people arrive. I watched our two well behaved Brussels Griffons wait until they had finished parking before they raced up to say hello. I saw both Griffons ignored to the point where the supposed ‘guests’ stepped around them rather than acknowledging them. I saw Oscar, who is unduly sensitive, look at them both with a hurt expression……….
I responded to the request to see what was on offer. I introduced the fur babies by name and watched them equally rebuffed.
I THEN TOLD THE COUPLE WE WERE FULL AND COULD NOT OFFER ACCOMMODATION.
Is there a special hell reserved for businesswomen who have succumbed to preferring our four-legged friends and ignoring the sensible requirements of good business?
If so, I think my place is assured…….