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  • It’s the end of the day

    一天終於結束了

  • and you are exhausted.

    你快要累斃了

  • You had a brutal day of classes

    上了一整天的課

  • punctuated by the world’s most gruelling workout.

    還考了個史上最累的小考

  • Your muscles feel like jello

    累到全身肌肉像果凍一樣軟趴趴

  • and your brain feels like mush.

    腦子裡亂糟糟的

  • Uhh! On a day like this,

    唉 像這樣糟糕的一天

  • nothing can make you feel better or can it.

    任何事都沒辦法讓你感覺好些

  • or can it.

    也許 牠可以

  • Actually, there’s something that can.

    其實 有樣東西能治癒你的心靈

  • It’s fluffy and playful

    這樣東西毛茸茸的 活潑愛玩

  • and it has four legs.

    還有四隻腳

  • Or maybe it’s feathery with two legs.

    也可能長著羽毛 有兩隻腳

  • That’s right! You guess it!

    沒錯! 你猜對了!

  • On today’s Wellcast, well be talking about pets

    今天 我們要來聊聊寵物

  • and how they can actually improve your mood

    看牠們如何治癒你的心靈

  • and your health.

    讓你更加健康

  • Hey, we are not telling you to just go out and buy a pet.

    嘿 我不是要叫你去買隻寵物啦

  • Instead, were gonna teach you

    反之 等等要教你的是

  • why spending time with cute little fuzzy animals

    為何跟毛茸茸的小動物玩耍

  • will actually improve your mental and physical health.

    可以促進身心健康

  • Well also help you figure out

    我們也會教你

  • how to spend time with animals

    要怎麼找到小動物陪你玩

  • even if you can’t have a pet your own.

    即使你自己沒有養寵物

  • So, what can spending time with a pet do for you?

    所以 跟寵物玩有什麼好處呢?

  • A study published by the Journal of Royal Society of Medicine in Jolly Old, England

    英國皇家藥學會的研究指出

  • that dog owners, cat owners, and owners of fluffy little hamsters,

    有養貓 狗 甚至毛絨絨小倉鼠的人們

  • generally found that minor ailments improved

    發現一些小病痛有所改善

  • when they spend time with their pets!

    就在他們跟寵物玩耍的時候!

  • Furthermore, a study by the American Heart Association,

    還有 美國心臟病協會的研究發現

  • found that people’s blood pressure drops significantly by merely petting animals.

    跟動物玩時 人的血壓會明顯下降

  • These could be any animals not just their own beloved pets.

    任何動物都行 不只是自己的寵物

  • How do we know? Well

    怎麼知道的?

  • researchers with the AMA

    在美國醫學會的研究中

  • gave 48 volunteers a series of difficult math problems.

    給了48名受試者一份困難的數學題

  • while measuring their blood pressure and other stress indicators.

    同時測量血壓及其他壓力指標

  • Half of them were given a temporary pet to spend time with.

    一半的人得到臨時寵物相陪

  • So, when the volunteers came back

    六個禮拜後 受試者回到實驗室

  • to do more incredibly difficult Math problem six weeks later,

    做一份更困難的數學題

  • those who spend time with pets over the course of six weeks

    那些與寵物相處了六星期的人

  • didn’t show the kind of stress reactions that the pet free folks had.

    壓力反應與那些沒寵物的人不太一樣

  • They were more mellow, more calm,

    顯得更成熟 更冷靜

  • better able to think rationally about the problem

    更能理性思考 解決題目

  • than those who didn’t have any quality pet time.

    比那些沒寵物相陪的人好多了

  • Clearly, animals are awesome!

    顯然 這些動物立了大功!

  • But, if youre not one of the 62% of American households who have a pet,

    但是! 如果你沒生於那62%有寵物的家庭之一

  • what should you do?

    該怎麼辦呢?

  • Well, we Wellcast have got a couple suggestions for you.

    我們有一些建議供你參考

  • Pause and print out our PDF at watchwellcast.com

    先按暫停 去網站上印講義吧

  • Got it?

    好了嗎?

  • Awesome!

    很好!

  • This worksheet will teach you our four-legged method

    講義上會列出四個小撇步

  • to get you spending time with animals.

    教你如何找到動物相陪

  • Now, leg one of our worksheet,

    現在 來看看第一個撇步

  • brainstorm

    腦力激盪

  • This is pretty straightforward.

    字面意思相當明顯

  • Think of all the friends in your circle

    想想你生活圈中所有朋友

  • and think of all the pets that they have.

    想想他們有哪些寵物

  • Next, make a list of your top five favorite pets.

    接下來 列出五隻你最愛的寵物

  • It sounds silly but don’t worry.

    聽起來很蠢 不過別擔心

  • We have another leg for this.

    接下來還有其他撇步

  • Leg two, reach out.

    第二個撇步 聯繫朋友

  • Call up your friends and ask how you could get involved with their pet life.

    打給你朋友 問你能不能幫忙照顧寵物

  • Don’t forget! Pets are a big responsibility

    別忘了 養寵物是很大的責任!

  • and everybody needs help time to time.

    每個飼主都有需要幫忙的時候

  • So if you ask them if you could walk a dog once a week,

    如果你問他們 能不能每週幫忙散步一次

  • or maybe be the first person that they call when they go on vacation,

    或者他們要出門度假時 能第一個找你幫忙

  • it won’t be that weird.

    其實沒那麼怪啦!

  • Leg three, volunteer!

    第三個撇步 擔任志工!

  • Another great way to get quality animal time in

    另一個找到動物相陪的好方法

  • is to volunteer at your local animal shelter.

    就是擔任附近動物收容所的志工

  • Not only are you going to be connecting with your community

    不僅能與社區產生互動

  • but youll be connecting with a wonderful little puppy or kitten.

    也能與可愛的小貓小狗互動

  • or something else that needs some TLC

    或是其它需要細心照顧的動物

  • and on top of all of that,

    比這些都還要棒的是

  • youll be lowering your blood pressure, and stress as well.

    你能降低血壓 減輕壓力

  • Not sure how to start?

    不知道該怎麼著手嗎?

  • Check out this National Registry of Animal Shelters

    去看看動物收容所的官方網站

  • or look up a shelter on Google.

    或拜見估狗大神 搜尋收容所

  • Write down their contact information on your worksheet

    把收容所的聯絡方式抄在講義上

  • and then give them a call.

    等等撥通電話給他們

  • Leg four, schedule.

    第四個撇步 規劃行程

  • Once youve arranged the time to volunteer at a shelter,

    跟收容所約好志工時間後

  • schedule your quality pet dates around that

    把你的寵物時間規劃好

  • so call a buster’s person, soft person, and fluffy person.

    打給那些毛茸茸軟綿綿寵物的飼主

  • and schedule some quality pet time.

    安排去找寵物玩的日子

  • Try for an hour a week just to start.

    一開始可以先試試一週一個小時

  • To recap,

    複習時間!

  • today on Wellcast, we taught you

    今天的節目教你

  • why spending some time with your favorite non-human cuddly friend

    為什麼跟那些非人類的討喜朋友相處

  • was actually beneficial to your health.

    能真正地有益健康

  • We also taught you a four-legged method

    我們還教了四個小撇步

  • to get you to spend some animal quality time of your own

    讓你能有專屬於你的寵物時間

  • even if you don’t have a pet at home.

    即使你自己沒養寵物

  • After spending some time with pets, how do you feel?

    跟寵物相處之後 感覺如何呢?

  • Tweet us @watchWellCast

    加入我們的推特watchWellCast

  • E-mail us at watchwellcast@gmail.com

    或寄信到[email protected]

  • or leave a comment down below

    也可以在下方留言

  • Well see you next time!

    我們下次再見

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