If you are looking for a healthier and happier life, then science suggests that you get a dog. Don't just take our word for it. Check out these five facts below:
1. Laughter is the best medicine
According to a study published in the journal Society & Animals, people who own dogs laugh more.
2. Good for your heart
In 2013, the American Heart Association released a study that mentioned that having a dog could reduce your risk of getting cardiovascular disease. We're not saying it's time to snuggle up, but...
3. Best pals
If you suffer from anxiety, pain, or depression - it has been proven that people can benefit from pet therapy, acting almost as furry therapists.
4. Pep in your step
Back in 2014, a study was done that proves that our furry friends are actually giving us more self-confidence. From a higher sense of self-esteem, improved exercise habits, and a better social regime - dogs really do rock.
5. No stress zone
It's no secret that playing with our canine companion makes us happy, but did you know that interacting with dogs can help reduce stress. It's true, according to this study. Each time you and your fellow pup hang out, you will release an increased level of the feel-good hormone oxytocin in your brain. Neat, huh?