The secret to curbing your Netflix addiction? That’d be the four-legged soul mate you made eyes with at the animal shelter.

If you’ve been begging your significant other to get you a puppy for your birthday, here’s your chance to seal the deal: people with pets are more active than those who don’t have them. According to UK research, 32 per cent of dog walkers exercise for at least 30 minutes every day, and more than a third of them reckon their pets have improved their overall health.

Plus, there are also studies to back up the fact that they improve your mental health as well. Our beloved pets help ease anxiety, improve our moods and reduce feelings of loneliness.

Come to mama, furry friends!

This story originally appeared in the March 2016 issue.

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