5 Reasons Life's Just Better With A Dog

2. You'll Feel More Understood
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2. You'll Feel More Understood

Humans and other primates — horses, dogs — studies suggest these are the only animals that can interpret and respond to subtle facial cues. "Having a dog read you gives you a sense of equilibrium and helps you feel less alone," says psychologist Chris Blazina, co-author of Men and Their Dogs: A New Understanding of Man's Best Friend. "This doesn't just provide momentary decompression — it's preventive medicine for psychological and physical problems."

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