The psychological and psychosocial benefits of savouring moments with your furry loved one
LE3 .A278 2022
Bachelor of Arts
The current study aimed to investigate the impact of savouring on psychological well-being and loneliness in companion animal owners. Participants (N = 98) completed an online survey to assess tendency to savour, animal attachment, psychological well-being, and loneliness. It was hypothesized that the tendency to savour moments with one’s companion animal and animal attachment would be positively correlated with psychological well-being, negatively correlated with loneliness, and would also significantly predict levels of psychological well-being and loneliness. Correlation analyses were conducted to assess these relationships. Although no significant relationships were found between tendency to savour, animal attachment, psychological well-being, and loneliness, some initial findings hint at the importance of savouring moments with animals. This study is a first attempt in assessing the possible benefits of savouring time with companion animals.
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