Squeeee! The next time one of your coworkers catches you watching YouTube videos of baby animals playing, you can tell her you have a legitimate reason: It increases your work productivity!
It's true: A team of researchers at Hiroshima University recently conducted a study where they showed university students pictures of baby animals, adult animals, or pleasant-looking foods before having them complete various tasks. They found that the students (of both genders) who saw the baby critter pictures accomplished more than the students who looked at the photos of food or grown-up animals.
Although the researchers aren't exactly sure why this happened, they theorize that because caring for baby animals (and baby humans) requires finesse, patience, and careful attention to their physical or mental well-being, viewing babies or "cute things" makes the viewer more attentive, which could then be transferred to any subsequent behavior.
If you're interested in reading the fully study, you can do so here. In the meantime, why not get your day off to a productive start by looking at these adorable chubby puppies? You can also check out this workout you can do with your pet. Still not convinced? Just check out these top 15 ways puppies can improve your health!