A recent study at the University of British Colombia and published in the journal “Psychosomatic Medicine” has found that the effects of owning a dog “included several signs of reduced stress, including lowered blood pressure, slowed heart rate and more relaxed muscles. And those relaxing effects were attained much more rapidly than pills. Having a dog close by reduced stress in as little as five minutes, where prescription medications can take weeks before taking effect.” So, instead of reaching for that bottle of Zoloft, maybe you should be reaching for a warm puppy.

[via Current]

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