It seems to me that in our over-medicated society, all we really need are more pets. There are numerous studies (just do an online search for 'pet owners live longer', and you'll get many hits). I know that when Nipopo, my cat, to hang out in my lap or ogles wee critters such as squirrels and birds, she transfers some of that mellowness or intensity to me. I love writing when she's chilling in my lap, as shown below. So, the moral of this post is, get a pet!