Alert
Close

Get Free Help Preparing Your Taxes From AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. Find a location

HIGHLIGHTS

Open
AARP Staying Sharp: Keep Your Brain Healthy
Bob Dylan Talks!

AARP VETERAN MEMBERSHIP

Military and Veterans Discount

CONTESTS AND SWEEPS

You Could Choose Your Dream Vacation

AARP REALPAD

Introducing RealPad by AARP

AUTO BUYING PROGRAM

AARP Auto Buying Program

Download the ipad App

AARP-iPad-ePub-app

DRIVER SAFETY

Piggy bank on the road - AARP Driver Safety

Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course!

KEEP BRAIN ACTIVE!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Learning centers

Get smart strategies for managing health conditions.

 

Arthritis

Heart Disease

Diabetes

Most Popular

Viewed

6 Ways to Feel Happier, Be Healthier

How a positive attitude really can make a difference

Dog owners were found to be as emotionally close to their pets as to their closest family members.

Gary Seymour with his Staffordshire terrier, Buddy, at their Los Angeles-area home. — Daryl Peveto/LUCEO Images

1. Adopt an Animal Companion

Pets provide more than companionship and a warm welcome home. They lend a willing and helpful ear — even if they have fins or feathers instead of fur.

Many pet owners confide in a pet because pets don't judge, condemn or talk back. Studies have found that dog owners are often as emotionally close to their pets as to their closest family members

An astonishing 97 percent of dog and cat owners reported that they talk to their pets, notes Alan Beck, director of the Center of the Human Animal Bond at Purdue University. "The other 3 percent lied," he quips.

People talk to their pets because they don't have to worry about what they say or worry about the response."Just as it's more relaxing to walk in a park than a parking lot, it's more relaxing to be with an animal than to be alone. It's as calming as looking at a sunset." says Beck.

If you'd like to have a pet in your life but don't want the responsibility of owning a dog or cat, you can volunteer at an animal shelter or zoo, offer to walk a neighbor's dog on a regular basis, set up an aquarium, consider a parakeet or put out bird feeders.

Next: Happiness Tip No. 2: Sing (or listen to) a song. >>

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

member benefits adt companion

Members save 20% on new installation of an ADT Companion Service® personal emergency response system.

grocery coupon center member benefit aarp

Members can print savings coupons at the Grocery Coupon Center powered by Coupons.com.

reebok membership benefit discount

Members can save 20% on their entire purchase at Reebok Outlet Stores and Reebok.com.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.