Why This Joyful Video of a Dad Getting a New Puppy Is Going Mega-Viral

I'm not crying. You're crying!

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Any dog lover can tell you that losing a dog is a soul-crushing experience. If you've bonded with your canine BFF the way that most people do, experts say losing a pet can be just as devastating as losing a member of your family.

While no pet is replaceable, getting another one can really help with the grieving process, especially since studies show that even just holding a puppy can release powerful feel-good hormones like serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin—providing a natural boost to those who are really down in the dumps.

Perhaps that's why this heartwarming video of a father being surprised with a new puppy is going mega-viral.

"My dad has been really depressed ever since our family dog passed away and today I surprised him with a new puppy," Twitter user @yvonnethebird12 wrote in the caption to the video, which has received over 100,000 retweets since it was first posted on Sunday.

The clip is 45 seconds of pure and utter joy. You see the dad hug the puppy in his car, then bury his face into the little one and cry tears of both grief and happiness. In response, the puppy licks his face, knowing he needs a pick-me-up kiss, as only animals do.

Unsurprisingly, the video made everyone on the Internet collectively burst into tears themselves.

It really is too much for the human heart to handle.

And it's a testament to the power the puppies have to cure all wounds.

Unsurprisingly, the two are already in love.

And for more proof that dogs make life so much better, read about this heroic dog who recently saved his entire family from a house fire.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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