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Kelly Roell

Stressed? Therapy Fluffies To the Rescue!

By December 13, 2010

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YorkieIf the stress of final exams is pushing you over the edge, and you're strongly thinking about chucking the whole "school thing" and taking up with a traveling dance troupe, then perhaps you're just not alleviating the ol' stress as much as you should be.

UC San Diego has a creative approach to helping their students battle the  stress during finals week and it comes in the form of  four-legged creatures: dogs.

The Office of Student Wellness and UCSD University Diversity Centers call this endeavor "Therapy Fluffies" and bring in twelve certified therapy dogs to the UCSD campus to help students pet, snuggle and laugh their way to calmer nerves. Sure, the name is hokey, but the concept is not.

Scientific studies prove that petting an animal lowers stress levels, so it's only natural that bringing in therapy dogs would help frazzled students on the brink.

And, since calmer nerves mean higher scores, I'm down with the puppy-petting phenom. If you don't happen to have you're own pet handy or your dog is what you'd call "reluctant" in the therapy department, then try out my five tips to reduce test anxiety. Sure, they may not bring such unadulterated joy, but you won't have to pick dog hair off your new pants, either.

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