Are people that have pets happier and healthier than those who do not?

See below. There is research that suggest that they are.
Furry friends. Studies indicate that pets may be good for our health. The more attached a person is to their pet, the more beneficial the pet appears to be. Research on dog ownership shows that blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides tend to be lower in pet owners. An added benefit is that people with dogs often exercise more. Studies on cats are just beginning, but results, so far, are similar.