Fish Tanks for the Soul?

I know it sounds crazy, but having a fish has actually been proven to be good for you.

Apparently, watching your finned friends flit and float helps relieve stress, lower blood pressure, improve your mood and help you relax. I was skeptical about this at first, so I did some research. Here’s what I found out.

  • A study at Purdue University found that people with Alzheimer’s disease are calmer, focus better on eating, and digest their food more easily when they eat their meals in front of a fish tank.
  • Since the 1980’s studies have shown keeping an aquarium helps people relax which improves mental and physical health. In one study seniors provided with an aquarium experienced a surprising drop in blood pressure. Watching fish swim has also been shown to help calm hyperactive children.
  • Other studies showed patients who waited for dental appointments in areas with an aquarium needed less pain medication compared to patients who waited in rooms without aquariums. For this reason the waiting rooms of many doctor’s offices, dental clinics, and children’s hospital wings contain aquariums filled with colorful fish.

So, there you are, go get some fish!  Doctor orders!

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