This article is from the Washington Post.

Some tips for living a long, healthy life: Eat right. Get plenty of sleep and exercise. And get a dog.

After reviewing 10 studies that included data on 3.8 million participants, the authors determine that “dog ownership was associated with a 24% risk reduction for all-cause mortality as compared to non-ownership.” The data showed even greater benefits among those who’d experienced cardiovascular issues, such as a heart attack and stroke.

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