This is pretty amazing. Research now shows that loneliness is a high-risk factor for a shortened life, as much as smoking or obesity. The good news is that there is now a proven cure for that. Two new studies released yesterday show that having a dog in your life is a solid way to live longer. Doctors are starting to admit the health benefits of having a dog. They aren’t ready to start suggesting their patients should go out and adopt a dog but the evidence is starting to stack up in their favor. See more information here.