Have you ever heard of therapy pets? Basically, if you haven't, there are different animals that are trained to aid people with different mental or physical illness. One example are diabetic hypo alert dogs. As a type one diabetic myself,I have always wanted a hypo dog. (I even have a name - Pogo) but dogs like these have waiting lists that can last 3 years! It just means a little bit less stress to think there is another creature looking after you without judgement.
There are also therapy cats and dogs that help people with severe learning and confidence issues. They let people often read to them and are attentive and happy when listening, increasing confidence. For things such as depression, cats are a popular therapy pet because they're calm and don't require any work apart for its litter box and food. They're, again non judgmental, and it's just nice to know there is someone/something there for you.
A pet doesn't necessarily have to be trained but it's scientifically proven that pets often relieve stress and help depression. If you do have a pet, know that they do love you, whether or not you think the people around you don't (which they do) because you are your pet's world. You are the best thing they have. If you don't have a pet, try and make it a goal to help out with someone who does have a pet, or at animal shelters, etc.
Even a tiny pet like a goldfish gives you more purpose in this world than you already have.
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