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4 Ways Animals Help With Depression

4 Ways Animals Help With Depression

Every day we wake up and we put on a mask to enable us to move on with life. We put on a mask, which resembles the person next to us; eventually, we fail to acknowledge the problems of others. We walk around the streets with various clouds hanging over our heads, depression, anxieties, loneliness and many others. We yearn for the comfort of another being and we look for attention.

In recent days, statistics have shown we prefer being attached to technology instead of human connection. We walk home, jump on our couch and continue the rest of our day watching something. This same routine repeats every day increasing depression and leaving a void in humankind.

However, recent studies have shown that having a pet can ease the impact of depression. Looking forward to someone at home allows us to channel care and affection, which is the key to solving depression. For many Xanax forcefully induces such emotions, why not adopt a pet instead.

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1.They Keep You Company.

This I’ve noticed in many old folks home, where you watch in a far corner an old woman watching the sky. Although often filled with laughter old folks always gather an air of pain, sadness and loneliness. They miss their home, children, family or sometimes their old lives.

Recently though many old folk homes have allowed the admittance of pets, to keep their residents company. Researchers have shown that this has increased the happiness among the old folks by 50%; this is because having a pet allows you to engage in a more loving physical contact.

A silent gesture from your dog goes a long way with your emotions.

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2.They Make You Laugh

After moving to a new country the one thing I missed the most were my cats. Watching videos on YouTube allowed me to channel the motherly instinct and seek comfort in virtual reality. Our pets look at us as their heroes, they’re excited to see us and be with us. Their antics make us laugh and allow us to bond with them.

Our pets have the capability to make us laugh uncontrollably, which allows us to let go of our stress and frustration from the real world. This reduces the feeling of sadness and loneliness, the presence of another being makes it all worthwhile. Haven’t you watched those videos on Instagram or Youtube, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have them in your lives?

3.They Are Instinctive

Have you had a bad day and wished someone would ask you what’s wrong? Wouldn’t it be better if someone could pick up the terrible aura around you that’s making you sad? Have you ever thought that it would be amazing if your friends or family could notice your emotional queue’s when you’re having a hard time talking about it?

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Animals have proven to possess a niche of noticing emotions. They tend to understand when you’re feeling excited and when you’re feeling the weights of the world. This allows them to relate and adjust their actions when they’re around you.

Sometimes a small paw tapping on your back, allows your tears to flow much easier.

4.They Encourage You To Be Social

Every pet owner could relate to this very last statement even though your conversations would often times revolve around your pets but it will create the confidence in you to socialize with others. For those who used to be introverted or find it hard to socialize with people, this creates an impact, which allows you to share your opinions with confidence and create a life you desire.

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In many cases this becomes the criteria with which you’re measured in your dating life, you will feel people are much more attracted to and appreciative of you. This is due to the effect that having pets makes a mean person look kind. Therefore having a pet takes you out of your comfort zone. It moves you away from your routine binge waching television into interacting with people outside your home.

In many ways having, a pet allows you to create the life you desire, it gives you the opportunity to smile more and the constant presence of barking and meows allows you to think of something else. For someone who’s depressed, creating a mental diversion is one thing that helps to avoid feeling gloom.

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Last Updated on May 21, 2019

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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