Dog Owners Are Officially Happier Than Cat Owners
The numbers are in, and they don’t lie: Dog owners are officially happier than cat owners (by a whopping 4 percent). Woof!
This verdict comes from a national survey conducted by Life Is Good, the ever-positive apparel company, to gauge the level of optimism across America in honor of Positive Thinking Day today, September 13. According to the survey, the overall outlook is sunny—85 percent of respondents said they consider themselves optimistic, and 44 percent of respondents report being more optimistic now than they were five years ago.
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Life Is Good uncovered a few key trends about the demographics and habits of the optimists among us. Respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 years old were 9 percent less likely to be optimistic than their 60- to 69-year-old counterparts. A whopping 82 percent of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher described themselves as optimistic, and 90 percent of the most positive thinkers identified spending time with friends and family as one of their top hobbies.
Healthy habits seem to correlate with optimism too. Those who exercise at least once a week were 41 percent more likely to report themselves as optimistic than those who don’t, and those who meditate were 10 percent more likely to be optimistic as well. (Perhaps walking Fido makes dog owners ever so slightly happier than cat owners.) And notably, respondents who spent 10-plus hours using tech outside of work were 67 percent more likely to be pessimistic.
Why look on the bright side? Finding positive ways to think about and deal with stressful situations can lead to a happier, healthier life by easing the strain of stress on your body and mind. Mayo Clinic reports that optimistic people tend to benefit from lower rates of depression, increased life spans, better heart health and even greater resistance to the common cold. Now that’s something to smile about!