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Animals provide best support

Any type of animal could improve your mental health.

Any type of animal could improve your mental health.

Photo by Betty Huang

Any type of animal could improve your mental health.

Photo by Betty Huang

Photo by Betty Huang

Any type of animal could improve your mental health.

Betty Huang, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

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Good physical health is an important aspect of life. Mental health is just as significant. While reaching out to others for comfort and emotional support is a healthy coping mechanism, some people need other forms of coping mechanisms. People are not the only ones who can offer comfort to those who are emotionally distressed; animals, of any kind, can also provide immense love and support.

Pets, commonly dogs and cats, are forever loyal to their owners and display unconditional love. They act as companions, always looking to make their owners the happiest they can be. Animals are only with us for a small portion of our human lives, but we are their whole lives.

People with severe emotional problems often have emotional support animals that accompany them to public places. These animals range from big to small. They include, but are not limited to, dogs, hamsters, and even miniature horses. These animals work to calm their owners and improve their mental stability.

Animals do not need to be registered as emotional support animals to have the same effect.

I own many animals, and although I am unable to bring them to public places because they are not registered emotional support animals, they still work hard every day to improve my mental health.

According to MedicalNewsToday, having a pet helps people have a sense of “identity, self-worth, and existential meaning.”

Taking care of any animal, big or small, is extremely important. You are accountable for a life, and that’s a huge responsibility. Doing this daily task is a great way to take your mind off of troubles, especially if you’re a pet lover like me. It’s never a chore if you are truly passionate about animals and their well-being. My animals give me love; I give them unconditional love in return.

So how do animals improve mental health? It’s not like the animal actively knows that they’re helping you become happy; it is mainly their presence and the responsibility of taking care of them that helps you as an individual. Simply holding them may bring you relief. You may find solace in talking to them. It is your relationship with that animal that can make a difference. Pets will always be there for you, through thick and thin.

Betty Huang, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Betty Huang is The Trojan Tribune's Assistant Editor-in-Chief. She has been writing for Highland's online student publication for three years. Betty is...

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