PSA: Watching cute animal videos is a healthy practice

I would wager that most of us, at some point in our lives, have tuned into a video of some sort of cute animal doing some sort of cute activity. It’s a guilty pleasure for some of us, and perhaps for others it is something we are reluctant to admit.

If you can relate to the latter half of the previous statement, as it turns out, there’s no need to feel shameful about watching cute animal videos since it can enhance one’s overall health, says an article from The Good News Network.

“There may be a good reason for why we love to watch little piglets and fluffy ducks online.

“Seeing adorable animals actually helps to reduce stress levels in humans, researchers at England’s University of Leeds have found.

“And we don’t need to see adorable critters in real life for them to have an impact on our sense of wellbeing.

“Partnering with Tourism Western Australia, the University of Leeds explored the physiological and psychological impact of ‘cute’ animals on students and staff at the college.

“According to a statement, 19 participants were asked to watch a 30-minute slide show that included images and short video clips of a range of animals, including Australia’s iconic marsupial the quokka.

“15 of the 19 participants were due to take an exam 90 minutes after watching the slide show. The remaining four participants were academic support staff who had declared they were feeling stressed at work.

“Heart rates for every single participant dropped after viewing images and videos of cute animals for just 30 minutes.

“The average blood pressure (BP) across all participants also dropped: from 136/88 to 115/71—moving the group average to within the ideal blood pressure range.

“Participants who watched the half-hour slideshow also had to answer 20 questions so researchers could assess stress levels under the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory.

“In individual cases, anxiety levels dropped by almost 50%: proving viewing cute animals can be a powerful stress reliever and a mood enhancer,” explains the article.

There ya have it, folks.

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