Did you know playing with or simply petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol? The list of benefits of pets is a long one and backed by scientific evidence. Pets can decrease blood pressure and heart rate and boost immune function. They can also dampen depression and brighten your mood. To take advantage of these benefits during this busy and stress-filled time of year, we’ve enlisted some of our furry friends to help around the office!