There's no better way to relax than to sit on the sofa in front of the TV, cat on lap and cup of tea in hand. At least that's what we think here at HuffPost UK Lifestyle.

But they're not just nice to cuddle up to, having a cat or dog at home is good for your health. Research shows that pets not only improve self-esteem and reduce loneliness but children who live with a pet in their first year are more likely to be healthier than those who do not.

For this reason HuffPost's GPS For The Soul asked readers to send in pictures of their pets relaxing.

*Cues collective aww sound*

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  • Bosco

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/totalknockoff"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/3607346.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/totalknockoff">totalknockoff</a>:<br />Napping is always better with a buddy!

  • "My oh so relaxed pup Meiji. He's a chihuahua and he is relaxed!" - <a href="https://twitter.com/GigglingGibby">@GigglingGibby</a>

  • "Sally in the sun." - <a href="https://twitter.com/creativespin">@creativespin</a>

  • "Relaxing outdoors." - <a href="https://twitter.com/C62Hendrick">@C62Hendrick</a>

  • "The best stress reliever ever!!! Relaxing with my Jazmin on the couch after a long day! " - <a href="https://twitter.com/kimmijax">@kimmijax</a>

  • "Miss Pearl, stretched out after a long day of playing with her sister, Jazmin." - <a href="https://twitter.com/kimmijax">@kimmijax</a>

  • "Zen Miss Moose in the Garden." - Meghan Duprey

  • "Yin Yang foster kitties." - Meghan Duprey

  • "This pillow quickly became Pickles the cat's very own totally relaxing bean bag chair." - <a href="https://twitter.com/sarklei">@SarKlei</a>

  • "ohmmmmm ... Galileo." - <a href="https://twitter.com/lisi74">@lisi74</a>

  • "This is my baby Grizzle -- chilling out!" - <a href="https://twitter.com/Thel1ttlelady">@Thel1ttlelady</a>

  • "Here's my boy relaxed yet alert." - <a href="https://twitter.com/infinitimel">@infinitimel</a>

  • "My #Chihuahua #zenpet relaxing after his epic battle in his @YouTube video beating up @Petco loofa" - <a href="https://twitter.com/HazardSports">@HazardSports</a>

  • "This is a pic of my cat, Sookie, relaxing!" - Marsha Wheatley

  • "This is Jack." - Laura MacDonald

  • "Farley taking in some relaxing Himalayan Salt crystal rays." - <a href="https://twitter.com/@dk_adams">@dk_adams</a>

  • "This is Perri relaxing on the couch." - Dagmar Rodriguez

  • Pets De-Stressing

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ImaniB"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ImaniB">ImaniB</a>:<br />One of my favorite de-stressing activities is to get lost in a good book. On this particular evening, Attila the kitten decided he wanted to curl up in front of the book too. He slept/stayed in that position for over an hour!

  • Sunbathing

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/raif72474"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/raif72474">raif72474</a>:<br />Our Boston, Luna, likes to lay in the morning sunshine

  • Luna sunbathing

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jeremy_Epstein"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1633196270/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jeremy_Epstein">Jeremy Epstein</a>:<br />There's a sunbeam in our living room that chills Luna out.

  • Henry- Mayor of Cutesville

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/greergail"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/451497-tiny.png?20130214155015" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/greergail">greergail</a>:<br />His cuteness is unstoppable!

  • Time for a nap

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/BruceOrlando"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/BruceOrlando">BruceOrlando</a>:<br />Gideon, Natalie and their pal Belvedere (back at top) enjoy some rest after a romp in the back yard.

  • Rocco relaxes

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mark_Shoup"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/691514709/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mark_Shoup">Mark Shoup</a>:<br />Our 4-year-old black and white male pit bull is the most calm, most relaxed, more easy-going dog in the house.

  • Big Red with his doppelganger

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ReadyForMyCloseup"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/1527820-tiny.png?20110315141927" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ReadyForMyCloseup">ReadyForMyCloseup</a>:<br />This is my boy Red, chillaxin' with his much-larger toy counterpart.

  • Rodeo sleeps

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mark_Shoup"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/691514709/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mark_Shoup">Mark Shoup</a>:<br />Three-year-old Rodeo is a sweet little girl who knows how to relax -- and how to keep our bigger dogs in line when she's awake!

  • Czar Czak

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/suzc"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/365329-tiny.png?20090822104753" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/suzc">suzc</a>:<br />Czak, a working dog, relaxes with his version of a roll in the hay.

  • Florida Sunshine

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/klughjd"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/klughjd">klughjd</a>:<br />Our dachshund Jack likes to de-stress in the sun

  • Astro

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Eugene_Sheehan"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1464068341/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Eugene_Sheehan">Eugene Sheehan</a>:<br />Enjoying the winter sun

  • Trevor As UnderDog

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Scooter_Mitchell"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/789239679/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Scooter_Mitchell">Scooter Mitchell</a>:<br />Trevor dreams of great things.

  • Time for a nap

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/BruceOrlando"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/BruceOrlando">BruceOrlando</a>:<br />Gideon, Natalie and their pal Belvedere relax after a romp in the backyard.

  • Yogi Cools Down

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/KeithBernhard"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/KeithBernhard">KeithBernhard</a>:<br />Yogi Bear loved having his own personal lake in the back yard for 5 years...

  • @JBichara

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/AlwaysBePositve"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/3036824.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/AlwaysBePositve">AlwaysBePositve</a>:<br />My new adopted kitten

  • Henry

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Demm_Dude"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/4210732-2-tiny.png?20121120030059" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Demm_Dude">Demm Dude</a>:<br />My baby boy enjoys multiple naps to de-stress himself on a daily basis

  • Dax & Mollie

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/cathypeters"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/cathypeters">cathypeters</a>:<br />Dax & Mollie Spooning

  • Dollye

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Templeji"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/196855-tiny.png?20121024011805" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Templeji">Templeji</a>:<br />Life is good for my sweet rescue dog Dollye!

  • Yankee

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Templeji"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/196855-tiny.png?20121024011805" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Templeji">Templeji</a>:<br />Yankee had a unique way of destressing.He is gone but not forgotten!!!

  • Our sleepy, aptly-named Romeo

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/laurafireclay"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/4592662.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/laurafireclay">laurafireclay</a>:<br />

  • Bruce and Yoda

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Deb_Barry"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1653099020/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Deb_Barry">Deb Barry</a>:<br />so much love...

  • Gizmo and Gabrielle

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Montana_123"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1317561355/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Montana_123">Montana 123</a>:<br />Snuggling in a comfy chair. - Anne

  • Bosco and Little Puss

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/cathyhodges"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/cathyhodges">cathyhodges</a>:<br />Cat cuddles

  • This is the life!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Montana_123"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1317561355/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Montana_123">Montana 123</a>:<br />Gizmo -Anne

  • Mud bath

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Shelley_Yorke_Rose"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1324368860/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Shelley_Yorke_Rose">Shelley Yorke Rose</a>:<br />Nothing like a refreshing mud bath to wash the stress away! Came to the dog park as a Yellow Lab and left as a Chocolate Lab!

  • Lucia spends most of her day laying on the top of the couch, so she can still keep one eye on the window.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/aimeekel26"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100000008055839/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/aimeekel26">aimeekel26</a>:<br />

  • Red & Julius

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Karen_Petch"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/670772753/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Karen_Petch">Karen Petch</a>:<br />Red the dog & Julius the cat relaxing beside me while I'm watching a bit of tv.

  • Twinkle and Star ~ Relaxation

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/dharmadawgs"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/dharmadawgs">dharmadawgs</a>:<br />Best friends and sisters - Twinkle and Star - They ooze relaxation, and easily de-stress the humans around them.

  • Riley

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/totalknockoff"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/3607346.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/totalknockoff">totalknockoff</a>:<br />Riley knows how to relax like the rest of them!

  • Bosco

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/totalknockoff"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/3607346.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/totalknockoff">totalknockoff</a>:<br />Sometimes you just need to step away from work and nap for a bit to clear your head.

  • Roxy the Cocker Spaniel

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/totalknockoff"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/3607346.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/totalknockoff">totalknockoff</a>:<br />We can tell when Roxy is completely at rest when she sleeps on her back :)

  • Bosco the Pomeranian

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/totalknockoff"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/3607346.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/totalknockoff">totalknockoff</a>:<br />For a pampered pom, nothing beats a good nap!

  • Hey you're bothering me...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Nini_Edgerton"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1341923810/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Nini_Edgerton">Nini Edgerton</a>:<br />Spike in his natural habitat

  • Odie the American Bulldog

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Odie_The_Beast"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100005037431527/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Odie_The_Beast">Odie The Beast</a>:<br />Odie likes to eat party hats after a stressful day.