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You Should Watch These Kittens, Science Says It's Good For You

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On days like this, when we are brutally and tragically reminded that on a scale of one to super fucked, America breaks the damn meter, it's important to take a moment to also remind ourselves that there are good things in this world that make us smile. Like kittens. And not just because they are SO ADORABLE! but because, according to science, it's good for us:

If you get a warm, fuzzy feeling after watching cute cat videos online, the effect may be more profound than you think.

The Internet phenomenon of watching cat videos, from Lil Bub to Grumpy Cat, does more than simply entertain; it boosts viewers' energy and positive emotions and decreases negative feelings, according to a new study by an Indiana University Media School researcher. [...]


“Even if they are watching cat videos on YouTube to procrastinate or while they should be working, the emotional pay-off may actually help people take on tough tasks afterward,” [assistant professor Jessica Gall] Myrick said.

The results also suggest that future work could explore how online cat videos might be used as a form of low-cost pet therapy, she said.

Thus, you can and should feel free to procrastinate with a cat video now and again -- though we never, ever would, of course; we only watch cat videos to do our job -- because, SCIENCE FACT, it can help you get through the day. Especially when your day involves terrible things, like overdosing on reminders of how America is all fucked up and bullshit.

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So please take a moment to put off whatever "important" thing you're doing now, and treat yourself to a kitten video. And share your personal bookmarked favorites. For your health. Except for you, LJAD1. You don't get to have any.

[MashupZone / IU Bloomington Newsroom via Salon]

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