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STAMFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: A dog wearing a cap and his friends during Day Two of The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2017 on September 1, 2017 in Stamford, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

The special bond between humans and dogs has been scientifically proven to help people live longer.

70 years of global research has found that owning a dog “is actively protective against dying of any cause. “There’s a 24 percent drop in “cause mortality” for people who have a dog in their life.

People who walk their dogs tend to get 30 minutes of extra exercise than those who don’t. Also, petting a dog can reduce your blood pressure.

Do you feel better with a pet in your life?