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Amazing Things That Happen When Kids And Dogs Are BFF

Amazing Things That Happen When Kids And Dogs Are BFF

Dogs go together with kids like peanut butter and jelly, hot cocoa and marshmallows, or dog slobber and furniture. If you thought just having a dog would melt your heart, when kids and dogs get together, the most endearing parts of having a pet are magnified. Similarly, your kid’s most entertaining qualities tend to come out when there’s a dog in the house. That being said, it’s important to teach your kids how to act responsibly around your pet. However, no matter what they get up to, two sets of puppy dog eyes are enough to disarm any annoyed or angry parent. As if you needed more reasons to experience a cute overload, here are the most amazing things that happen when kids and dogs are best friends.

They Teach Each Other

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    Even though they don’t understand our languages, dogs have an amazing way of knowing exactly what your kids need to see.

    Someone To Run Around With

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      Since your little one has a friend to run around with, it’s easier for us adults to take a break from play time when you have a dog. Just be careful to always supervise young children and your dog together.

      Adventures 

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        Your older kids also have a new partner to take on adventures, allowing you more time to catch your breath.

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          Since little ones don’t get as easily bored with a wild “beast” in the house, keeping your kids busy on lazy days is less of a chore. Just remember to teach your children they should never hurt a dog or try to provoke them.

          Goodnatured Teasing

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            Kids love to play games with dogs, but dog lovers know all too well that dogs like to play games with us too. Just make sure you always keep the games you play with your pup safe and free from tugging on their ears or tails. When you keep to these boundaries, both human and dog know it’s all in good fun.

            Someone To Cuddle With When You’re Sick

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              Similarly, kids have someone to cuddle with when they’re sick, so everyone stays happy, but you stay healthy. Dog licks might just be what the doctor ordered.

              Someone To Dig With

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                Just like supervised walks, little kids now have a digging buddy. This makes beach time a little more enjoyable for you, plus you can avoid going outside on snowy days.

                Dog Love

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                  As long as you teach your child to never pursue a dog for hugs, your pup will love sharing in gentle affection. Every kid is happier and less temperamental with constant doses of love from a dog. 

                  Best Friend No Matter What

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                    Dogs never judge us, which can make all the difference when your little one has had a bad day. 

                    Partner In Crime

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                      HavIng a dog as a child also means you have a partner in crime. Going outside to play is way more enjoyable when your play friend isn’t always telling you “no”.

                      Someone To Blame Things On

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                        Having a partner in crime pays off in other ways too, as a dog is a convenient scapegoat when you’re a little kid. Even when the dog didn’t do it, it’s worth a shot. Though it’s obvious to you, to a child, it’s perfectly possible that the dog learned how to use finger paints.

                        Genuine Care

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                          Even though kids like to blame their dog friends, if you’ve established a calm relationship, dogs will never take it personally. Dogs are too busy taking care of your little one to ever get angry.

                          Life Long Friends

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                            As we grow, our pets become increasingly important. Tumultuous teen years and heartbreak make the genuine, loving relationship with your dog more vital than ever. No matter what happens, kids and dogs will always be best friends forever. 

                            Featured photo credit: Boy Kissing Dog via shutterstock.com

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                            Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                            How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                            How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                            When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                            So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                            1. Exercise

                            It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                            2. Drink in Moderation

                            I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                            3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                            Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                            4. Watch Less Television

                            A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                            Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                            5. Eat Less Red Meat

                            Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                            If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                            6. Don’t Smoke

                            This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                            7. Socialize

                            Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                            8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                            Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                            9. Be Optimistic

                            Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                            10. Own a Pet

                            Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                            11. Drink Coffee

                            Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                            12. Eat Less

                            Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                            13. Meditate

                            Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                            Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                            14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                            Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                            15. Laugh Often

                            Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                            16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                            Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                            17. Cook Your Own Food

                            When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                            Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                            18. Eat Mushrooms

                            Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                            19. Floss

                            Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                            20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                            Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                            Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                            21. Have Sex

                            Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                            Reference

                            [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                            [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                            [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                            [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                            [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                            [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                            [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                            [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                            [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                            [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                            [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                            [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                            [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                            [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                            [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                            [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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