You’re Not Wasting Time: Looking At Baby Animals Helps Productivity

A new study has just come out claiming that looking at pictures of cute things, specifically baby animals, helps you focus on tasks and increases productivity. Isn’t this the best news ever? All of those hours spent on Cute Overload are not wasted hours, after all! In the study, scientists had subjects look at pictures of kittens and puppies and then play Operation. Those that looked at the pictures first did better in the game.

Did we really need a study to tell us that looking at pictures of cute animals improves our lives? Well, nope. But isn’t it a great excuse to look at 20 pictures of adorable animals?

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If this isn’t Stef in kitten form, I don’t know what is.

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via {MochaCafe}

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via {The Berry}

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via {BuzzFeed}

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Baby Knut via {Daily Mail}

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is this a leopard or an ocelot?

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panda cuddle puddle

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i can’t even

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I’ve never seen a baby squirrel irl

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via {PugKing}

roar

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giraffes are my favorite animals jsyk via {Chester Zoo}

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how much fun would it be to show an elephant around the zoo?

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ahhhhh those ears!

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You’re going to be super duper productive today and get heaps done, I can just feel it.

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Hansen is the former DIY & Food Editor of Autostraddle.com and likes to spend most days making and cooking and writing. She teaches creative writing at Colorado State University and is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in her free time.

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30 Comments

  1. That picture of the elephant with the seal looks like it is in Oregon Zoo. I’m not completely sure, but the elephant and the seal’s surroundings look REALLY familiar, and I’ve been there so many times. It’s like one of the best zoos I’ve been to, but maybe I’m bias growing up here.

  2. I do like the pictures (though I’m a bit afraid of animals, personally, as dumb as that sounds, sorry), but sadly websites like that tend to be blocked at my work, since they don’t want you playing on the internet when you’re supposed to be working (the which makes sense).

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