Dog ownership linked to happiness

We have known for a long time that dogs make you happier, but
now there’s science to back it up. Two
new studies
conducted by the
American Heart Association
confirmed our suspicions that dog
ownership comes with several benefits, including an increased
chance of a longer life.

Among survivors of heart attacks or strokes, researchers found
that dog owners experienced lower rates of death. Compared with
non-dog owners who were part of the study, those who owned dogs had
a “better outcome after a major cardiovascular event.” The
study did not provide an exact explanation for this correlation,
but it’s believed that increased physical activity and the
decrease in loneliness associated with dog ownership is the
cause.

In a statement for the American Heart Association, Dr. Glenn N.
Levine said, “These two studies provide good, quality data
indicating dog ownership is associated with reduced cardiac and
all-cause mortality. While these non-randomized studies cannot
‘prove’ that adopting or owning a dog directly leads to reduced
mortality, these robust findings are certainly at least suggestive
of this.”

According to a second scientific review, analyzing data on 3.8
million patients from several other studies, dog owners experienced
a 24 percent lower risk of death from all causes than those without
a dog, a 65 percent reduced risk of death after a heart attack, and
a 31 percent reduced risk following other cardiovascular
problems.

So if you really needed another excuse to get a dog…now you
have it.

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Having a dog can lead to a longer life, new studies show

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Dog ownership linked to happiness