Happy National Coffee Day! Today is the perfect excuse for us to celebrate our two favorite things in life: Dogs and Coffee. We know we couldn’t live without either. But, did you know just how similar dogs and coffee really are?! Here are Six SCIENTIFIC ways Dogs and Coffee are practically the same.
1. They’re Good for your Health
Studies show that owning a dog can increase your lifespan, especially with regard to heart health. Owning a dog can reduce mortality by as much as 33% for single person households. According to a study by Harvard, the same is true of drinking 3-5 cups of coffee per day. Males who regularly drink coffee can see a decreased in mortality by 10%. For females, it's 15%. So, clearly, the healthiest thing to do is enjoy another cup with your pup.
2. They Wake You Up
It’s the founding principle of Grounds & Hounds: mornings are for drinking coffee and spending 10 minutes with your pup. Both will energize the rest of your day and make you feel great. Whether it's caffeine or dog kisses, both are essential for getting you ready to face the world.
3. They’re a Lifelong Habit
Careful: once you start drinking coffee, you can’t start your day without it. It’s the same with dogs... once you rescue your first, you can never be without a pup in your life. And suddenly you’ll find yourself fantasizing about winning the lotto and buying a country ranch with 50 rescue pups. Living the dream, as we call it.
4. They Connect us with Others
Whether it’s a coffee date or a dog park playdate, coffee and dogs both remind us to slow down and spend some time with the people in our lives who matter most. Sometimes, all we need to pick up the phone is an excuse to call. Getting coffee or playing with dogs are both great reasons to dial up an old friend.
5. They Make You a Better Person
Honest, we didn’t make this one up! Research shows that coffee can help people make more ethical decisions at work. Everybody knows that coffee reduces fatigue. Researchers believe that when you're alert, you're more likely to make the ethical choice. Similarly, a different study showed owning a dog correlates with a stronger sense of morality. This could be due to the fact that dogs can increase a sense of empathy, especially among children who grow up with them.
6. They Love us Unconditionally
If only we all could Love Like a Dog... they give us so much without hesitation. And, before you realize that coffee is incapable of emotion, let’s just say that it keeps us sane and that’s close enough.
We hope you’ve got some fresh brewed Grounds & Hounds coffee nearby and you slow down to enjoy a second cup with your pup on National Coffee Day!
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