If you ever experienced the stress of writing your finals, you will appreciate the 'puppy room' at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. The university offers the option to 'keep calm and pet a puppy' instead of grabbing a bottle of vodka or reverting to extreme behavior.
The puppy room filled with cute little dogs is available to all students who are experiencing stress of any kind. This method is so effective in relieving stress; it should be available at all schools and universities!
It is a scientific fact that the enthusiasm of a dog is infectious and just spending time in the company of 'man's best friend' leaves one feeling more optimistic.
Psychologist Dr David Lewis had this to say about interaction with dogs: "The research we conducted shows this is a profound and effective stress reducer and increases feelings of contentment and relaxation."
Science is only beginning to understand the intrinsic relationship we have with dogs. What is known, is that petting a dog triggers the neurotransmitters that make us happy. It also lowers blood pressure and reduces the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
Dalhousie University should soon have the happiest, most stress free students in Canada!