Moving to a new city or neighborhood especially after the age of 30 (speaking from personal experience) can be pretty difficult when trying to meet new people and develop friendships. But science has found a solution: Get a pet. A new study shows that pets help their owners find social support quicker, which—as an added bonus—could provide long-term health benefits (having a strong social network can increase one’s chances of living longer by 50 percent). For dog-owners in particular, this especially makes sense—the more you walk your dog, the more you will interact with other people in the neighborhood. But the study holds true for all pets as researchers discovered that pet-owners bonded quicker than those without a pet connection. Have you found your pets to be a good icebreaker when meeting new people? Tell us in the comments!