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Pet ownership has a lot of positive benefits, not the least of which is stress relief. According to Blair Justice, author of Who Gets Sick: How Beliefs, Moods, and Thoughts Affect Your Health, physical contact with our pets immediately releases a number of pain relievers in the body, including serotonin, oxytocin, dopamine, and prolactin. But, not all pets are created equal when it comes to helping their stressed-out owners. Some animals are naturally more affectionate than others. The top ten cuddly critters, according to pet helpful dot com; dogs, cats, pot bellies pigs, rabbits, fancy rats, guinea pigs, horses, cockatoos, sugar gliders and, believe it or not, skunks.