Today I have my dog with me in the office. There’s something about having a dog around in a setting where you don’t typically see dogs that lightens everyone’s mood! Co-workers stop by my office to say hello- not to me, but to Cash. People’s faces brighten into genuine smiles of joy. And then there’s their voices, you know, that slightly higher octave that is reserved for pets and children? There’s some research that shows that when you hang around dogs your stress level decreases as your heart rate starts to mimic theirs. Having a
pet has also been shown to reduce spikes in blood pressure due to stress or tension (http://stress.about.com/od/lowstresslifestyle/a/petsandstress.htm). Maybe we should all be bringing our dogs to work.