In news that every dog owner already knows, dogs make you happier, reduce stress and anxiety, and provide other benefits to your health. Petting a dog produces a hormone called oxytocin, which helps to reduce stress and anxiety. It’s the same hormone new mothers get a boost of after giving birth. There’s even some evidence that higher levels of oxytocin help people heal faster.
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