Stressed? Spend some time with your dog

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Almost every day, we read about suicides by students. As per some reports, one student commits suicide every 55 minutes in India. One of the major reasons behind this alarming figure is said to be the high levels of stress, depression or anxiety among them. While educational institutes are doing everything to help students, a new research suggests spending time with a dog as a way for stress reduction.

“Our findings suggest that therapy dog sessions have a measurable, positive effect on the wellbeing of university students, particularly on stress reduction and feelings of negativity,” lead author Emma Ward-Griffin, Research Assistant at the University of British Columbia in Canada, was quoted in a report in midday.com

The study published in the journal Stress and Health was carried on 246 students who were questioned before and after spending time in a drop-in therapy dog session. They were free to pet, cuddle and chat with up to 12 canine companions during the sessions. The researchers found significant reduction in stress level and increased happiness among the participants after the session.

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