Do you know that watching cute animal videos is actually good for your health?
A recent study undertaken jointly by Tourism Western Australia and The University of Leeds has confirmed that watching cute and funny animal videos greatly reduces stress and is therefore, great for your health. The finding was based on a careful study of the physiological and psychological impact of cute animals on students and staff at the University of Leeds.
The sessions involved 19 subjects — 15 students and four staff members — and was intentionally timed during winter exams, a time when stress is at a significantly high level. The participants were asked to watch a 30-minute slide show that included photos and video clips of various cute animals, such as puppies, kittens and quokkas.
In all cases, the study saw blood pressure and heart rate go down in participants, 30 minutes after watching the video. Anxiety rates also went down by 35%, measured using the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory.