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This One Thing Can Help You Live A Longer And Happier Life, Science Says

It can actually slow down the advancement of Alzheimer's.
FACT CHECKED BY Faye Brennan

Ah, the fountain of youth. Many older individuals wish they could find such a magical potion, bottle it up, or even be privy to just one shot in order to slow down the inevitable course of aging. There are many things we can control in life, but growing older, unfortunately, is a bit of a challenge to temper. We can eat a healthy diet, try to avoid stress, and exercise daily, but alas, each and every year will bring another birthday. There is one very special thing that has been proven to help you live longer—and it really is something pretty magical.

It's usually quite cuddly, automatically gives and receives an endless supply of love, wet kisses, comfort, and companionship. As a matter of fact, it usually motivates you to exercise, whether you want to or not. Have you guessed it?

Yes, having a furry friend in your life can make all the difference in the world when it comes to living longer and happier—and there are so many reasons why. Keep reading to see the longevity benefits of owning a pet, and next, check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.

A recent study concludes pets can actually slow down the advancement of Alzheimer's

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Our pets make us happy and are the best kind of company. Fluffy friends encourage us to get outside in the fresh air, which can even prompt socializing. They also need us to care for them, which in turn gives us, their sole caregivers, much responsibility. For some elderly folks, feeling needed can be just what the doctor ordered.

According to a recent study published by the National Library of Medicine, researchers explored the influence that pets had on adults who were dealing with Alzheimer's, over a five-year period. The results reveal substantial positive effects pets have on their humans. The data also concludes that pets may help everyday activity and actually slow down the advancement of Alzheimer's.

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Data shows dog parents live longer than those who don't have a dog

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It's also suggested that pets prove to be helpful to stroke and heart attack victims, resulting in living a bit longer and, well, heartier.

Furthermore, data recorded in the Circulation journal in 2019 specifies that individuals who have dogs live longer than individuals who aren't dog parents. Individuals who previously had a heart attack benefitted the most; mortality was noticed to decrease by 65%.

Having a pet is beneficial for your overall wellbeing

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David Gutterman, Cone/LeBauer Health psychologist was quoted on FOX8 saying, "We've known forever that pets are really very positive for people's mental health as well as their physical health. And it's not just dogs. It's virtually any kind of pets. There has been study after study demonstrating the positive effect of having a pet."

Okay, we know you already loved your fur baby tons before reading this article, and you love them even more now — and that's perfectly okay with us!

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Alexa Mellardo
Alexa is the Mind + Body Deputy Editor of Eat This, Not That!, overseeing the M+B channel and delivering compelling fitness, wellness, and self-care topics to readers. Read more