One afternoon while strolling around a popular New York dog park, a friend of mine met the woman who later became his fiancee. That he didn’t actually own a dog had little impact on their dog-park chemistry. She did own a dog and he, being a big fan of man’s best-friend, was dog-sitting for a buddy who’d gone out of town. And so it was, two dog lovers found one another among rumbling canines who tend to sniff one another’s behinds as a way of saying hello. Later, once he and his gal had established a full-blown relationship, he too adopted a dog. Now they are proud dog parents, who also happen to be insanely, happily in love.
Sweet story, right? Made even sweeter by the fact that this story isn’t the stuff of a drippy rom-com script, but real life goodness.
If you too are single and looking for a happy mate, you too may want to hit a dog park. A new study has found that dog owners are happier, healthier and more conscientious overall than non-pup owners.
They also tend to be more physically fit, extroverted, less lonely and fearful, and have better self-esteem, the Ohio-based study found.
Go, go puppy power indeed!
The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, also found that dog owners have a greater sense of well-being.
The findings present “considerable evidence that pets benefit the lives of their owners, both psychologically and physically, by serving as an important source of social support,” the researchers wrote in a news release.
While many studies have investigated the positive impact pets have on the health of their owners, this one expands to the social benefits as well.
So, if you happen to be on the hunt for a happy hottie, let’s just say taking Buster out for an afternoon mingle at the local dog park certainly can’t hurt.
But even if you don’t find a spark, at least Buster might find a crush or two of his own to roll around with, right?
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