As we age, we face different kinds of stresses than we did when we were younger. It may be that we start thinking about our mortality more often or we become disconnected from friends and family members which can lead to loneliness. Or we might not be as active as we once were, so we don’t feel the same sense of purpose. Whatever the root cause, the sad or negative feelings that we experience when we get older are legitimate and quite common. So, what are some of the keys to successful aging? Well, it turns out that one of the answers is really simple — get a dog. If you are like many animal lovers, you already how much joy a pet can bring into your life. But did you know that in addition to the unconditional love that we receive, dogs can also be good for our body and our mind? In fact, studies show that people that have furry friends live longer, happier, and more healthy lives. In this blog, FirstLantic explores how (wo)man’s best friend can help us lead more fulfilling lives.