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Nature's Anti-depressant: The Dog

It has always been known that dog's make people happy. There is something about their presence that just makes the mood in a room a little lighter. Studies over the years have found that dog's are not just our best friends, but they are four-legged anti-depressants. David Sack M.D., a contributor writer for Psychology Today  has found five main reasons why dogs make us much happier:

  1. Dogs challenge our negative talk
  2. Dogs keep us active
  3. Dogs connect us to the present 
  4. Dogs keep us connected to the world
  5. Dogs remind us of the power of play

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Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.