You know that after watching the video of puppies and kittens you feel good, and now there is data to confirm that.
A study conducted at the University of Leeds in the UK, with the support of Western Australia Tourism, found evidence that watching cute animals helps reduce stress and anxiety.
The study examined how watching photos and videos of cute animals for 30 minutes affects blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety.
Dr. Andrea Utley, an associate professor at the University of Leeds, has put together a 30-minute compilation of cute creatures.
“There were a few kittens, puppies and baby gorillas and quokka,” she said.
The quokka is a adorable creature found in Western Australia that is often called the happiest animal in the world.
A survey of 19 people was conducted in December 2019 among 15 students and four university employees. It is intentionally timed during the winter exam periods because then the stress level is high, especially among medical students.
All subjects had a drop in blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety 30 minutes after viewing the contents.
It was noted that the average blood pressure dropped from 136/88 to 115/71, which is within the ideal range. The average heart rate decreased to 67.4 beats per minute, a decrease of 6.5 percent.
The anxiety rate dropped by 35 percent and was measured using self-assessment, which is often used in clinical settings to diagnose anxiety, according to the American Psychological Association.
“We were quite surprised that during the observation, each measure dropped in each participant – the pulse decreased, as did the blood pressure. Upon departure, they also indicated that they felt less worried,” adds Dr. Utley.
The study also found that video clips are more preferred, especially when it comes to animals interacting with humans.
The experts hoped to conduct additional tests, a total of eight but postponed them due to the coronavirus. The sequel is expected next year.