Pets are weird.
Maybe I’ve talked about this before, but my wife and I were in bed with the cat a while ago and it occurred to us: there’s an animal that lives in our house. It doesn’t do anything, particularly. It’s just an animal. And if we hadn’t invited it in, we would be freaking out about it.
But there’s definitely science to it — pets are good for the brain.
It’s not directly relevant to the four pillars, but our cat has definitely been a help during the last week when I was in a down cycle. Having something that depends on you and is generally up for affectionate treatment is good for stress and good for the ol’ brainpan.