BE GRATEFUL

You must be grateful in this life because:
You have a home that protects you.
You ate today.
You have clean water that you can drink.
You are good at heart.
You have a pet.
You have at least one person who cares about you.
You are capable of understanding and wanting.
You're breathing.
Sometimes we get lost in trivial things and get angry.
When instead we should be grateful for those little things that make up our life. Which we very often take for granted. 
Before you lose your temper, look around and be grateful. 

PET THERAPY

Several scientific studies have shown that during pet therapy sessions, anxiety is reduced, blood pressure, blood sugar and heart rate are lowered and, subsequently, levels of cortisol and endorphins, hormones of well-being, increase.
It doesn't happen overnight: pet therapy takes time and can be a long process. There are many professionals involved: educators, veterinarians but also family doctors or pediatricians, specialists, carers and social workers who work and collaborate with each other so that thanks to the four-legged friends there are surprising positive effects on the health or even on the psyche of the patients.
Dogs and cats, but also horses and other farm animals: pet therapy works to keep alive the contact with nature and the exchange with another living being enriching the person in many aspects: reinforcing the ability to stay in the present and to be open to the outside, recovering or discovering one's instinct, developing sharing and respect for the needs of others, helping to overcome traumas and fears, improving self-knowledge.
Who are the people who most of all can benefit from it? Certainly the elderly and people with physical or mental handicaps. In the elderly, especially for those who live in retirement homes or suffer a lot from loneliness, contact with animals helps to regain serenity and joy. Patients with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia with an hour and a half a week in the company of animals seem to report a decrease in restlessness, insomnia, and even falls. In autistic people, pet therapy has been shown to be important in improving social and behavioral function. Thanks to the emotional, psychological and supportive support for motor rehabilitation, animal-assisted therapy has also proved useful in cases of hospitalization, when hospital stays are very long. With the presence of an animal, an improvement in the recovery and rehabilitation skills of the sick person is ascertained. Not to mention the most precious gift that animals can offer to patients, especially the little ones: a smile and play.
The "curative" value of animals was already observed in ancient times: they were even attributed supernatural powers and it was the father of medicine, Hippocrates, who recommended what we now call hippotherapy as a remedy for insomnia and stress. As doctors have paid more attention to the psychological aspects of diseases such as cancer and chronic ailments, pet care has also made a comeback.
In the oncology field, there has been an increase in Italian hospitals that experimentally admit animals as a supplement to normal care. The main objective is to alleviate the physical and psychological suffering of patients to allow them to better deal with both hospitalization and therapies. The relationship between the patient and the animal aims to restore self-esteem, safety, relational capacity to the patient and in many cases allows to regain psychological and motor skills lost due to suffering. I hope that among you there is someone who works in hospitals and who can perhaps bring this idea because it is really useful.

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