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Why do our pets make us happier?

Social connection is essential for emotional, mental, and physical wellness. In fact, it’s of the top three factors for a long, healthy life. But, are people our only source for our sense of belongingness? A new study suggests the answer is no. Recent research indicates that pets provide meaningful social support for their owners, improving their lives. Science has shown that people facing serious health challenges heal better with pets but new work has found that people without life-threatening illness benefit from pet ownership as well. Three different…

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