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Can A Pet Make You More Sociable?

April 11, 2014

A new study from Tufts University found that young adults who take care of a pet have stronger social relationships and bonds to their communities. In a survey of 500 volunteers between 18 and 26, those who looked after animals reported participating in more “contribution” activities like volunteering in their community or helping friends and family. There was a direct correlation between pets and contribution—the more they looked after a pet, the higher the contribution score. Also, those with a pet connection exhibited more empathy, self-assurance and feeling in touch with other people.

[ Read the Article: Taking Care of Pets Boosts Mental Health And Social Relationships ]