Research shows that spending time with your pet lowers your blood pressure, relieves stress, and increases oxytocin levels in your brain. Oxytocin, which is also called “the love hormone,” increases relaxation, trust, and overall psychological stability. If you don’t have a pet yourself, don’t worry! Dog and cat cafés are becoming more and more popular. You can get some coffee or tea, do some work on your laptop or get some reading done, all the while surrounded by fuzzy friends. Or maybe offer to pet sit for a friend, it’s a win-win situation! Or, even easier, watch some animal videos on YouTube, because even just watching cute animals has positive effects on your well-being.