Could Puppy Pics Make You Better At Your Job?

Reviewed by Dr. Katy Nelson

May 19, 2017

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Dogs are more-or-less certifiably magic. They make our lives so much better in so many ways, it barely seems scientifically possible. But guess what! There’s actual research to back up the greatness of dogs. Here’s your fun fact of the day: looking at cute dogs can make you better at your job!

Do you procrastinate at work looking at awesome dogs all day? (Um… guilty.) Well, defend yourself from the boss’s ire with SCIENCE!

— A study by Hiroshi Nittono at Hiroshima University found that students were able to focus better on their tasks when they took break to look at cute baby animals. This was noticeably more effective than if they took a break to look at, for instance, a picture of a hot dog.

— As Professor Nittono elaborated, looking at cute animals helps with “behavioral carefulness,” or focusing on one thing at a time. So getting lost in a puppy’s eyes can help you turn around and double check that spreadsheet like a boss.

— Dr. Simon Moore, a psychologist, notes that cute, silly animal pictures can reduce stress and make us happier. “Don’t underestimate the potential positive power of photos,” he writes. “Even small, silly activities can bring big psychological benefits.”

I personally will verify that in addition to these researchers, a study from BarkPost Email University (accreditation pending) has confirmed a similar result, as evidenced by this scientific chart:

Call this my “unified theory of dogs making things better.”

How to Help Your Friends!

This is Chris. He is tired at work, and feeling unpleasant.

He needed a pick-me-up, so I referred him to BarkPost email, so that he could see delightful dog pictures all week!

Now he’s feeling happy, healthy, and ready to work!!

You can make your friends smile too- by hopping over to the referral page here. And to thank you for your help, we’ll give you this paw-some tote bag if ten of your friends sign up. It’s a win-win-win (that’s right, the rare and exotic triple win.)

So go ahead and refer your friends today! Doctor’s orders.

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Reviewed by Dr. Katy Nelson

May 19, 2017