I was stroking Sammy the cat this morning.

And not for the first time I noticed just how soothing, calming and relaxing it is.

Sammy enjoys it and I get to chill right out.

Interested by this I thought I’d dig a little deeper to see if there’s any scientific evidence to back this up, or to see if it was something unique to me.

First I cam across this study published in the Medical Journal of Australia…

Ha, Ha, Ha.

Look, I keep telling you, I read this stuff so you don’t have to, it’s all part of the service =)

Anyway, in this study they discovered pet owners tend to have lower triglcerides (a type of fat found in your blood) and cholesterol levels.

Fascinated by this research I decided to look a little deeper into the benefits of pets.

Here are some of my findings:

“Holding a pet triggers a relaxation response. It helps you stay focused and present, as opposed to dwelling on the past or worrying about the future”

Stroking your pet can release your bodies natural ‘happy drugs’ serotonin and dopamine AND lower your blood pressure.

Hold the front page!

You’ve got to agree that’s pretty cool right?

Now if you’ve got a dog, you’ll be familiar with this next one:

You go out for a while and when you come back your dog acts like you’re the greatest thing they’ve EVER seen. Now I don’t know about you, but a welcome from Louis always makes me feel good. And research done at the University of Pennsylvania shows this kind of welcome is good for you.

“We know that social support – or a lack of it – directly affects the body’s immune system and impacts our resistance to infections and disease.”


And let’s not forget that other amazing health benefit you get from having a dog…

Going for regular walks.

Now as you’re probably aware, Louis LOVES his walks.

And so do I.

They get me out into the beautiful Devon countryside for a heavy dose of fresh air and I also get to meet lots of his doggy friends and their owners.

Exercise and social interaction!

For a self-employed, work from home guy like myself this is of vital importance.

To recap, having a pet can:

  • Lower your triglceride and cholesterol levels.
  • Help you to be relaxed and focused.
  • Release serotonin and dopamine.
  • Lower your blood pressure.
  • Give you social support.
  • Strengthen your immune system.
  • Increase your resistance to infections and disease.
  • Give you the health benefits of regular walks.


I hate to say it, but it looks like having a cat or a dog could be as good for your health as practicing Qigong!

But let’s not get carried away here Grasshopper.

Cos for all of their pluses, they do come with some major minuses too.


  • Needing lots of care and attention.
  • Expensive vet treatments and insurance.
  • Regular flea and worm treatment.
  • Labradors make your house smell like mouldy, salty beef.
  • They need exercise – whatever the weather!
  • They cover your house in fur.
  • They need looking after when you go on holiday.
  • There are restrictions on where you can take them.

And so on.

All in all pets are a huge commitment.

So if you don’t fancy the idea of pet ownership you’ll be delighted to know you can get virtually all of the benefits of cat or dog ownership by practicing PERFECT Qigong.

Personally, I recommend you do both.

Now I can’t help you with locating a cat or dog, but when it comes to practicing authentic, real McCoy Qigong… I got just the thing for you here:


Toodle Pip!