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Are you tired of living alone? Get a pet

 A pet will help keep you company (Photo: iStock)

Living alone is pretty amazing. You have the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want and the best part is that there is no one to dictate how you should live.

While the advantages of having your own space are clear, there is a slight problem. After a while, you start to crave being around someone, like a life partner, which isn't always easy to find.

That eerie silence throughout can cause you to feel lonely eventually. A suggestion that might just work is getting a furry friend.

Maybe you've never thought about the advantages of having one but you will be surprised at how beneficial it may be to have that little dog run to you every time you open the door. If you're still sitting on the fence maybe this article may persuade you to give in:

They will always be excited to see you when you get home

The wonderful thing about having people around is that excitement when you get home. People love it when their kids come running as soon as they walk in, or when they have a partner that is so happy to see them after a long day.

Meanwhile, as you wait for that experience, you could get a pet. You will feel great when you can already hear them jumping around as you open the door.

They will be your trusted companion

Having a pet literally feels like you've gained a new friend. And not just any friend, this is a companion who loves you unconditionally, which is extremely rare.

Some pets can actually live as long as 10 years so, you will literally have them with you through different seasons of your life. They will even be by your side when you're doing simple activities around the house like cooking and laundry without a complaint.

They can help improve your social life

A pet can also be a great conversation starter as you meet new people. It's usually nice when it's just you and your pet bestie but, it would also be great if you had more friends to visit you often.

You might actually meet someone as you take a walk with your pet in the evening or grab someone's attention through a post with your pet in it. You will be able to bond with other pet lovers out there and build new friendships as a result.

They will boost your mental health

Every day we face different challenges, some of which are overwhelming. We need ways to help ease some of that pressure and having a pet can help significantly.

When you have your furry friend by your side after a rough day, you will feel a lot better. Some of them are intelligent enough to sense when you're sad so they might actually give you a hug or lay on your lap until you feel better. This whole experience might help you have happier days.

They help you focus on something beyond yourself

Life is a balance of taking care of yourself and being there for others. And when you live solo, you might start to miss having someone to cook for or help out.

With a pet, you will know that you need to feed, wash and nature them, all of which require selflessness. This is a healthy thing because it teaches you how to sacrifice your comfort for others.

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