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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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