Fido Helps You Focus: It turns out pets aren't just good for snuggling.

Research in the Journal of Research in Personality found that having animals in the home helps people reduce stress and even reach their goals better.

In a set of experiments, subjects were asked to write a list of goals and how confident they were in attaining them. When the subjects had a pet nearby or were told to think about their pets, they identified more goals and felt more confident about achieving them.

In the second experiment, people's blood pressure was measured. Again, those with a pet in the room or on their minds had much better results — with lower blood pressure readings. Bottom line: pets can boost both mind and body.