SLIDESHOW: 20 Things You Can Learn From Your Pets

By  //  February 18, 2014

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EDITOR’S NOTE: We’re so often focused on trying to find some elusive formula to true happiness and health that we don’t even consider the actions and attitudes of our furry friends as excellent examples of how to go through life taking advantage of the fundamental opportunities to be joyful, fulfilled and feel good.

WEB-MD-CATS-300-1Are you as happy as your dog or cat?  Even if I’ve been gone for a short period of time, my two Labs leap on me, kiss me, lick me, wag and bark, and show me their chew toys. With all of the crazy and sometimes exasperating things going on around us, their behavior can be inspiring to “carpe diem” and acknowledge every small, but happy event with as much exuberance and at least a cheerful word or gesture.

This WebMD slideshow, which is based on sound medical research, reveals which pet habits can make you a happier and healthier human.

—Dr. Jim Palermo, Editor-in-Chief


WEBMD.COM (Slideshow) – Be Silly: Indulging in a little silliness may have serious health benefits.

Cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center found a stronger sense of humor in people with healthy hearts than in those who had suffered a heart attack. They conclude that “laughter is the best medicine” – especially when it comes to protecting your heart.

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