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5 Reasons Why Dogs Make You Happy and Healthy

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Those who have a dog know how much fun and affection they bring to their life. But those who do not, might be surprised to learn that dogs bring with them some pretty powerful

health benefits.  Maybe that’s why 62% of households in the U.S. own a dog.  Numerous studies have shown that dogs have pretty significant mental and physical health benefits.

Here are the 5 reasons why dogs make you happy and healthy:

1.  Gets you moving

You can’t be a couch potato when you have a dog.  Walking a dog helps you get out of the house, stay active, and feel better.

2.  Connects you to a community

Having a dog has strong social and relationship benefits.  You feel more connected to a community.  Having a dog is also a great conversation starter.  You can connect with people online

and talk to other like-minded people.  Check out one of our favorite pet sites, https://www.facebook.com/PricelessPetRescue/  

3.  Lowers stress and depression

Having a dog calms you down in high stress situations.  Studies have shown that just by having a dog in the room helps you reduce stress.

4.  Good for your heart

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), owning a dog can increase your chances of surviving a heart attack.  It can also help lower levels of cholesterol and heart

disease.

5.  Better Mood

Having a dog makes you happy!  Studies have shown that petting a dog can lower stress hormones and increase good hormones (Serotonin and Oxytocin) that make us feel more relaxed

and at peace.

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Lisa Sayo, MA OTR/L
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