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7 Amazing Things That Happen When You Own A Cat

7 Amazing Things That Happen When You Own A Cat

When you have a cat, you’re going to notice a few changes in your life. Cute and cuddly cats aren’t just adorable and hilarious, they’re also good for you in many ways. Here are a few of the things you will notice.

1. You’ll be less stressed

Having a cat reduces the amount of stress in your life. They undoubtedly make you feel better for a variety of reasons, such as companionship, caring for them, having something soft and fuzzy to cuddle, and even the relaxing motion of petting them. Just watching and interacting with your cat every day will make you a happier person, and way less stressed.

Also, because cats are more independent, lower maintenance, and easier to care for than dogs and other pets, they still offer all of the benefits of being a pet owner without adding the stress and anxiety that’s accompanied with caring for them.

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2. You’ll have improved cardiovascular health

A study in 2008 at the University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute claimed that cat owners are 30% less likely to die from a heart attack compared to participants without cats. Then, in 2009, a similar study showed that having a cat is linked to a decreased risk of death from all cardiovascular diseases.

Part of this is because cats do reduce your stress and anxiety levels. Petting a cat is a very relaxing activity and has a calming effect on humans.

3. You’ll be less lonely

Any pet owner will say that having a pet helps them feel less lonely. Their love and companionship is sometimes all it takes at the end of a hard day to feel better. Having a cat can fulfil your social needs just as well as hanging out with your human friends can, according to a study done at Miami University and Saint Louis University.

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Despite the stereotype that dogs are more affectionate, cats often show their owners much love and affection. The friendlier you are to your cat, the friendlier your cat will be to you.

4. You’ll be less depressed

The Mental Health Foundation collaborated with Cats Protection in 2011 and completed a study that surveyed 600 people, half of whom described themselves as having a mental health problem. The results from their study showed that 87 per cent of cat owners felt that their animals had a positive impact on their wellbeing, and 76 per cent found that coping with everyday life was easier because of their pets.

Many people who suffer from depression often say they find it easier to cope when they have a cat. This is because having a cat offers an uncomplicated love and friendship, caring for them offers a sense of responsibility and helps build routine, and it increases your physical activity through play.

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5. You’ll heal faster

Purr vibrations help heal infection and swelling, as well as muscles, tendons and ligament injuries, and even promote bone strengthening. This is because cats purr vibrations range from 20 to 140 Hertz, which is apparently medically helpful for a variety of illnesses and injuries, according to Scientific American. This helpful purring is just another reason to cuddle with your kitty, as if you needed one.

6. You’ll laugh more

Sometimes, cats are just plain hilarious! Their silly antics will have you laughing hysterically on a daily basis. In fact, a study done at California’s Loma Linda University found that watching 20 minutes of funny videos, including funny cat videos, is good for your health, too. Another study by Indiana University Bloomington found that watching cat videos online leaves the viewer feeling more positive and less stressed. It can only be assumed that seeing those funny moments in person are just as good for you!

7. You’ll feel complete

Almost all cat owners can agree that they feel their family wasn’t quite complete until they got a cat. Once your furry friend enters your home and your heart, your family will feel much more complete.

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Featured photo credit: Jans Canon via flickr.com

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

Just by simply spending some effort and time, staying positive every day can be easily achieved. All that is required is a fraction of your time, 10-15 minutes a day to cultivate the positive you!

But first, what is really positive thinking? Do you have to be in an upbeat, cheerful and enthusiastic mood all day to be positive minded?

No. Positive thinking simply means the absence of negative thoughts and emotions – in other words, inner peace!

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When you are truly at peace within yourself, you are naturally thinking positively. You don’t have to fight off negative thoughts, or search desperately for more positive thoughts. It just happens on its own. And here are 2 positive thinking meditation tips to empower you:

1. Relax as You Meditate

A powerful, simple yet rarely used technique is meditation. Meditation doesn’t have to take the form of static body posture. It can be as simple as sitting in a comfortable chair listening to soothing music. Or performing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises.

Meditation is all about letting go of stressful or worrisome thoughts. That’s it! If you spend just a few minutes per day feeling relaxed and peaceful, you automatically shift your mind into a more positive place. When you FEEL more relaxed, you naturally THINK more positively!

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Start with a short period of time, like 5 or 10 minutes a day. You can meditate first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, right before you go to bed at night, or any time. The most important thing is to consciously let go of unproductive thoughts and feelings. Just let them go for those few minutes, and you may decide not to pick them back up again at all!

2. Practice Daily Affirmations

Positive affirmations can be used throughout the day anywhere and at anytime you need them, the more you use them the easier positive thoughts will take over negative ones and you will see benefits happening in your life.

What are affirmations? Affirmations are statements that are used in a positive present tense language. For example, “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better, better and better” is a popular affirmation used by the late Norman Vincent Peale.

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So how does one go about using positive affirmations in everyday life? Let’s look at some guidelines to follow when reciting your daily affirmations.

  1. Use first person pronouns in your message (I)
  2. Use present tense (I have)
  3. Use positive messages (I am happy)
  4. Repeat your affirmations on a consistent basis

Affirmations have to be said with conviction and consistency. Start your day by saying your affirmations out loud. It wouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to repeat your affirmations; yet when done consistently, these positive affirmations will seep into the subconscious mind to cultivate the new positive you.

Here’s an example of a “success affirmation” you can use on a daily basis:

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I am successful in everything I do. Every venture I get into returns wealth to me. I am constantly productive. I always perform to the full potential I have and have respect for my abilities.
My work is always given positive recognition. I augment my income constantly. I always have adequate money for everything I require. I spend my money prudently always. My work is always rewarded.

You can find more examples here: 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life

Remember, affirmations work on the basis of conviction and consistency. Do yourself a favor and make a commitment to see this through.

Begin practicing these positive thinking tips right now. And I wish you continued empowerment and growth on your positive thinking journey.

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