If you never have you should.

These things are fun.

And fun is good.

-Oh, The Places You’ll Go, Dr. Seuss

I get into the bad habit of reading half a magazine and then tossing it into a pile of half-read magazines.

I noticed that pile growing to almost a dozen magazines, spanning several months.  I decided to turn off the TV and finish those magazines.

It was a nice, quite morning.  I need to turn the TV off more.  🙂  It felt really good to read all of the magazines & toss them into the recycling bin.  I made myself a little promise to keep up with my magazines and not let them pile up… or stop the subscriptions.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

I did notice that when you read 2 or 3 Shape/Fitness/Health magazines in a row, that not much changes from month to month.  Huh.

I also noticed a trend in articles between different brands of magazines for the month of January.

The Health Benefits of a Pet.

“Pets can have enormous happiness and health payoffs.”  Christine Carter, PhD and author of Raising Happiness.

They help, both children & adults, keep the weight off.

They help children relax and alleviate stress in adults.  Research shows that people’s blood pressure drops when they pet dogs.  Petting dogs can also help ease pain – or at least the perception of pain.  You focus more on the dog and less on your pain, helping to “forget” about your physical aliments.

Helping to care for pets can also teach children empathy, increase emotional intelligence and help foster a sense of responsibility.

Pets can help children (and adults) get through difficult times, like moving to a new school or dealing with divorce.  Pets give us unconditional love  and companionship and encourage play and laughter, which can help those dealing with depression.

Kids who live with pets are 50% less likely to develop allergies. (study from Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital)

So, if you never have had a pet, you should consider it.  They are worth the effort.  I promise, you will not regret the decision.