Good news! Next time your boss catches you watching YouTube videos of Lil Bub during working hours, you can just tell them you're trying to up your productivity. A new study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior says that watching cat videos can actually increase a worker's energy and decrease their negative emotions.
“Even if they are watching cat videos on YouTube to procrastinate or while they should be working, the emotional payoff may actually help people take on tough tasks afterward,” said author of the study, Jessica Gall Myrick, in a news release.
That means the next time you have a tough report to finish writing or a huge project that you need to present, you should probably take a moment to to watch a video of some frolicking kittens.
For the study, Myrick enlisted the help of almost 7,000 people. She surveyed them about how often they watched cat videos and then how they felt emotionally before and after each viewing.
“For most people, it improved their mood,” Myrick told Indiana Public Media. “Specifically, they reported after watching Internet cat videos that they felt more hopeful, more positive, more inspired and they also tended to feel less anxious, less angry -- we saw a decrease in negative emotions.”
To help you utilize these findings in your own life, we've compiled a work week's worth of cat videos for you all. Be prepared to have the most productive (and adorable) week of your entire career.
P.S. I can attest to Myrick's finding as I feel very positive and happy after researching cat videos for this article.