For most people, friendship is a necessary part of a happy life. Now science tells us we’re happier and healthier even when those friends are furry or feathered.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and feelings of loneliness. On the up side, pets can increase opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and socialization.
The American Heart Association has even linked the ownership of pets, especially dogs, with greater longevity and a reduced risk for heart disease.
“Any pet parent will tell you there are obvious, immediate joys that come