This month I have been feeling grateful for the opportunity to feature in Top Sante magazine as part of a feature on the positive impact animals can have on our wellbeing. Here's a little extract:
‘Research has shown contact with animals has a positive impact on our sense of flourishing and finding meaning and purpose in life. Animals offer a soothing presence. They are a positive distraction from ruminating thoughts, they promote the power of touch and encourage responsibility - and responsibility promotes self-esteem, independence and positive mental health,’ says Dr Lorna Brocksopp, positive psychology and wellbeing consultant (joyfulsimplicity.co.uk) ‘My research with the charity Guide Dogs showed the human-animal bond served as a 'buffer' to symptoms of depression in people who were blind or partially sighted, and my postdoctoral investigations into happiness and wellbeing concluded that cultivating a relationship with animals, as well as the natural world more generally, can bring a sense of inner peace that rivals any 'happy pill'.’
Thank you to the lovely Kim at Phoenix Features for inviting me to be her wellbeing expert for this wonderful article!