Want to live a long and happy life? All you need to do is buy a puppy

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Loads of cash may be good in the short term, but it's not going to make you happy...

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Scientists in the U.S believe they have discovered the secret to a long and happy life and, apparently, it has absolutley nothing to do with wealth or social status and everything to do with puppies.

We knew they were awesome!

According to their research, a puppy, a happy marriage and plenty of good friends play a much bigger part in our longevity than our actual genetics.

The landmark Grant Study found that man's best friend is more important for happiness than where you were born, whether you were born into a wealthy or poor family, or what social class you are in.

Scientists began their quest to find out what makes us live longer in 1940, when they picked 200 young Americans to follow from youth to old age. The subjects were evaluated every two years and soon researchers could prove that fullfilling relationships and happiness really were making people live longer.

The researchers believe that the word 'happiness' can't accuratley describe what we need. Instead we require a mixture of emotional intelligence, relationships, joy, connections and resilience to stay alive.

Oh, and it's tough luck for cat owners. Dogs owners were shown to have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol than their cat-owning peers.

What do you think of the research?

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