I recently posted on how owning a dog is associated with a number of powerful health benefits.
Turns out you don’t even need a real dog to experience some of those effects. Watching a video of a cute animal can reduce heart rate and blood pressure in under a minute.
Via Richard Wiseman’s excellent book 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute:
In an innovative study, Deborah Wells examined whether merely looking at a video of an animal can have the same type of calming and restorative effects as those created by being in its company.
…compared to the two control conditions, all three animal videos made the participants feel much more relaxed. To help reduce your heart rate and blood pressure in less than a minute, go online and watch a video of a cute animal.
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