I have bouts of depression and anxiety, and my animals have actually prevented me from committing suicide a few years back. My dog, especially, always makes me smile, no matter how bad my day might be. My 2 outdoor kitties, who adopted me, are like little rays of sunshine every time I leave my house or come back. My rattie girls make me laugh, and I love how happy they are to see me. And my wonderful swimming babies, 5 bettas and a community of mollies, platies, tetras and snails, make me feel so very peaceful and content. I cannot imagine living in this house without them.
Animal energy, I think, is inherently good and healthy; being surrounded by such energy is good for the soul