We love our dogs for the joy they bring … but did you know our canine companions might also be boosting our health?. According to the CDC, dogs increase our opportunities to exercise, get outside and socialize. This increased activity can decrease our blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. The companionship dogs provide can also help manage loneliness and depression. Dogs can also increase cognitive function in older adults, keeping their minds sharper for longer. Studies have shown that 10 minutes of petting a dog can significantly reduce cortisol, a major stress hormone. So for some quick and easy serotonin, go give your pup some love!. And be sure to thank them for all the health benefits they bring to your life!
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