If you're convinced that having a dog makes you a better person, you're probably right. Study after study has shown the health benefits of having a dog, from reduced stress to improved heart health, to a better social life — the list just goes on and on.
"Bringing a dog into your life can ... help you combat many ailments and disorders," dog experts Chris Kane and Jesse Coslov, co-founders of The Dog Stop, tell Bustle. "Dogs have the ability to help people who deal with anxiety and depression as well as social disorders." But illness or not, they also have a way of simply lifting your mood — which is always important when it comes to having good health.
"Pets enrich our lives in so many ways," Caitlin Ultimo, resident pet expert at Chewy, tells Bustle. "No matter how bad of day you may have had, it’s impossible not to smile when you get that welcome home greeting at the door. A dog will be your constant companion — and won’t care if you lost an account at work or didn’t do the laundry. They ask for very little in return, basic food and shelter, and are so grateful when you surprise them with a special treat or toy." Here are a few more ways having a dog can improve your health, and make your life better.