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Perks of a pet

Research has consistently shown that owning a pet is good for a person’s emotional and physical well-being. Given that about 1 in 5 adolescents struggle with a mental disorder, the idea that a four-legged friend could help them is well worth exploring

We are all aware of the influence our pets have on our emotional well-being. Pets can be especially beneficial if you are struggling with emotional and psychological issues. While certainly professional counselling and medication may be what the doctor ordered, a furry companion could also help improve your teen’s well-being.

Many teens may lack the necessary coping skills to deal with troublesome emotions. All too often these youth are left to face their inner confusions alone, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Studies have shown that teenagers who are attached to a pet tend to function better emotionally in comparison to those who don’t own a pet. Pets can give teens an added sense of purpose and force them to interact, even when they may not feel like socializing.

Youth who care for an animal have stronger social relationships. In addition to social support, here are few other advantages of owning a pet:

Pets are a lot easier to hug: Let’s face it, many teens aren’t all that affectionate. But a pet can turn that around. Whether it’s a bark or a meow, animals are notorious for demanding and getting attention. It’s hard for a teen to ignore that brush against the leg, nudge to cuddle or a lick that says, “I love you.” That’s all the more important when teens aren’t feeling as much love from people around them.

They are all ears in tough times: Many teens believe adults don’t understand what they’re going through, so they accumulate all their problems inside. Using a pet as a sounding board is a great way to process and put into words all of those confusing thoughts and emotions.

Pets melt away stress and anxiety: There is nothing quite like petting an animal to help soothe and calm a racing mind. Playing with a pet can increase levels of oxytocin, a stress-reducing hormone, and decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

They help with socialization and communication: Research from the University of Missouri shows that animals help youth with assertiveness and increase their confidence in their interactions with others. Pets are way more interesting to talk about than the weather, and they have a way of getting people to engage in social situations.

Pets are always by your side: Unlike people who can come and go, pets are right there each step of the way. Pets can help with combating feelings of depression and anxiety by providing companionship. A study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology indicates owning a pet can have a positive impact on a person’s self-esteem, among other psychological benefits, decrease loneliness and even make a person less introverted.

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Which Biker are you?

Among many greatest joys in life, riding is one and that too with an adrenaline rush. Motorcyclists have their own preferences over what they ride, what they wear and how they ride, which makes it a very diverse crowd. Every motorcyclist will have a personality of his own and the motorcycle he rides defines that personality

The trend of riding a motorcycle never goes out of style. When it comes to rider community, undoubtedly there remains an invisible and strong bond between two riders even if they don’t know each other. And even so, all of them belong to a certain category of riders. Read on to find out which category do you fall under.

The Squid

These are the guys who’ve given a general bad name to the riding community. You can spot a squid by his sketchy manoeuvres, loud pipes and barely protected body. Although probably he’d be wearing some Oakley wraparounds and his helmet would be strapped to the pillion mostly. He is too fast on public roads, pulls wheelies and stoppies whenever gets a chance and can be seen doing whatever he wants even in rush hour traffic.

The Mechanic

This rider spends as much time in his garage as he spends on the road with his bike. To this DIY nutcase, developing a good relationship with the motorcycle certainly means being able to take it apart and put it back together again. They enjoy a high satisfaction quotient because the bike they ride is the one they take care of. Greasy hands and cheeks are all part of the game.

The Brand loyalist

As long as the bike is of his brand, this motorcyclist will ride any motorcycle. Other motorcycles are irrelevant, or worse, not even worth the synapses required to consider them motorcycles in the first place. It’s either their brand or nothing else.

Adventurer

These motorcyclists will go to roads that have not been taken by anyone so far. Just as grease is to Mechanic, dust is to an adventurer. They are also knowledgeable, well-prepared, and well-equipped. A versatile skill set behind the handlebars matches the versatile nature of their chosen rides.

Exclusive sports rider

These are bikers who love speed and power which is often wrapped up in some sleek bodywork. They may or may not be a race fan, but if they are, they take it way too seriously. Otherwise, they can be seen congregating at a track day, where obsessive knee dragging is assured.

Exclusive cruiser rider

These prefer a relaxed ride, but not afraid to whack the throttle open. They are always in a straight line without any knee dragging. Always relaxed and stays away from any riding non-sense.

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