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Anyone can benefit from the company of an emotional support animal. ESAs provide love, companionship, and a sense of purpose in life. In 2021, millions of Americans are enjoying the mental health benefits that ESA ownership bring.

Emotional support pets improve quality of life for a range of different people who suffer from a wide array of mental health problems. There is no one type of person who can benefit from ESA ownership. People from different backgrounds, living situations, geographic locations, and socioeconomic groups enjoy the improved sense of wellbeing that an ESA brings. But with that being said: is it possible that animal companionship might have particularly significant benefits for single people?

The number of single-person households in the US has been rising steadily since the 1960s, and in 2019 was estimated to be 34.75 million. And after a year of COVID lockdowns, which have strained a lot of relationships to breaking point (and also made it more difficult for single people to meet each other), it seems reasonable to assume that in 2021 there are more single Americans than ever before.

With so many single people living alone and isolated by COVID lockdowns, loneliness and the mental health problems that go along with it have become a problem for a lot of people. The company of an emotional support animal is a great way to alleviate feelings of loneliness, so ESA ownership may well provide a solution for these people.

So let’s find out… Do single people benefit more from the company of animals? And if so, how?

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Image by Yogendra Singh on Unsplash: Single people can benefit from ESA ownership.

How Do Animals Help Humans Emotionally?

ESAs help humans emotionally in many profound ways. Emotions are influenced by circumstances – both external, in the form of life events, and internal, in the form of a person’s biology and ways of thinking.

The company of an emotional support animal can improve a person’s emotional experience by instigating positive emotions such as joy, happiness, and contentedness, and reducing negative emotions such as anxiety, fear, and guilt. The close bond that a human forms with an ESA has the effect of calming and improving the emotional landscape.

Are Pets Good For Loneliness?

Pets are great at combatting loneliness. Emotional support animals play a vital role in keeping people company and preventing them from suffering mental health issues that isolation and loneliness can cause.

Emotional support animals provide company, companionship, tactile connection, a playing and exercising partner, and a TV-watching buddy. A loyal animal companion is one of the best ways to keep loneliness at bay.

What Are The Mental Health Benefits Of Owning A Pet?

Owning an emotional support animal provides a lot of mental health benefits, such as:

  • Decreased levels of loneliness, anxiety, and depression
  • Reduction in the symptoms of PTSD, OCD, insomnia, and phobias
  • Increased levels of positive emotions
  • Increased levels of physical exercise and health

What Are The Benefits Of Emotional Support Animal Ownership For Single People?

Here are three major benefits of ESA ownership for single people…

ESAs Improve Mental Health By Combating Loneliness

As we have mentioned, some single people suffer from loneliness. Of course, not all single people feel lonely; some enjoy being on their own and spending most of their time in their own company. But for single people who do experience loneliness, this can lead to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

The company of an emotional support animal is very effective at improving mental health by reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. If you are single and lonely, having an ESA best friend to share your time with will tend to result in you feeling happier, less lonely, and more engaged with life.

ESAs Improve Physical Health

There are many good reasons for staying fit and healthy, but if you live alone, it may be difficult to stay motivated on the health front – particularly if you’re suffering from a condition such as depression.

One of the big benefits of having an emotional support pet is that they need to be exercised daily. This means that if you own an ESA, you will have to go outside and move and exercise every day. Owning an emotional support pet typically makes a person fitter and healthier.

Being active and getting regular exercise improves mental and physical health. Plus, being mentally healthy and looking good can improve a single person’s chances of meeting and attracting a potential partner, ifthat is something that interests them.

An ESA Makes It Easier To Meet New People

Being out and about in the park or on the street with your pet makes it much easier to meet other people. All ESA dog owners know that when they are out with their dog, they tend to get far more attention from other people than they do otherwise.

If a single person has an ESA, they are not only keeping loneliness at bay, but also massively increasing their chances of meeting new friends.

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Image by Free-Photos on Pixabay: ESAs are great at combating loneliness.

What Is A Good Pet For A Single Person?

If you’re a single person who is lonely and would like an ESA for company, you would benefit most from getting an intelligent and social emotional support animal. The most sociable types of emotional support animal, which like to connect and bond with their single owners, include:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Potbellied pigs
  • Domesticated rats
  • Miniature horses

How Can A Single Person Get An Emotional Support Animal Letter?

A single person can get an ESA letter by arranging a telemedicine consultation with a licensed physician or mental health practitioner in their state through the Moosh online clinic.

The consultation will take place remotely via video call. Once the applicant’s suitability for ESA ownership is confirmed, they will be immediately emailed an emotional support animal letter. It is a quick and easy process.

Featured image by Oleg Ivanov on Unsplash