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Chronic stress is a killer. It pro­duces cor­ti­sol, a hor­mone that in high doses weak­ens mus­cles and bones, spikes your blood su­gar, com­pro­mises your im­mune sys­tem, in­creases your blood pres­sure and in­creases your risk of heart dis­ease — all of which can send you to an early grave. You can re­duce stress by reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, med­i­ta­tion and do­ing things you en­joy. You can also get your­self a fur baby. Stud­ies show that pets give their own­ers many health ben­e­fits, from low­er­ing blood pres­sure to boost­ing your sense of well­be­ing. There’s even a phe­nom­e­non called the oxy­tocin-gaze pos­i­tive loop, whereby you and your dog give each other surges of the feel­good hor­mone when you look into each other’s eyes. That’s why it’s called puppy love.

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