Cute cats increase productivity

03:28, Dec 10 2012
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My name is Sir Henry Frobisher and my person enjoys quality time with me, which is nice for both of us, wouldn't you agree, chaps?
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Grumpy Cat, who most recently earned television star status with an appearance on the US Today Show.
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Some more Grumpy Cat.
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At first you're probably thinking he's upset about wearing the balloon necklace. But look closer and you'll see he's just shocked that you''ve walked in and caught him enjoying it.
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Yes, I'm aware that it looks adorable. No, I am not impressed.
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'Ebony and Ivory, live together in perfect harmony, side by side on' - what actually are we on here?
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Hello, I'm Beatrice, do you like my hat?
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I am Bub!
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And I'm a huge deal on the internet.
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Maru, the Scottish Fold who has taken the internet by storm.
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For obvious reasons.
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Time for a nap.
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Stretch, yawn.
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Which filter is that?

Awww, ain't that cute. And good for your KPIs, it seems.

Spending office hours staring at cute and cuddly animals could actually help boost your work performance. Try telling that to your boss next time she catches you peering at a puggle.

But researchers at Hiroshima University recently found university students who viewed images of baby animals, such as puppies and kittens, performed set tasks with greater time and care.

Apparently, staring at ''less cute'' adult animals or ''pleasant foods'' (such as steak or sushi) was not nearly so productive.

The study, called The Power of Kawaii (Japanese for ''cute''), found the positive emotions produced by looking at baby animals seems to trigger not only happiness but a ''narrowed attentional focus'', which in turn improves our ability to concentrate.

Tertiary students who were shown images of cute baby animals were better at playing games and counting the number of times a specified number appeared in a sequence.

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The researchers suggested workers be subjected to cute images to induce careful behaviour when driving or in the office.

Chances are you're already in the office, but even if you're not, we've put together the five cutest cat clips out there so you can sit back, relax and (eventually) get productive.

1.Kitten massage therapy. This has been viewed over 12 million times. We dare you to watch it once.

2.The video below is essentially what happens when a cat is totally freaked out by what it sees on television and wonders if you feel the same way.

3.This one is quickly becoming a classic: none of the pets can get in the door, until a resourceful cat takes charge.

4.Here it is, the clip you must see before you die: the kitten who has a bad dream and gets hugged by its mother.

 

5.Below is the clip one YouTube commenter said 'might possibly bring about world peace.' Enjoy!

 

- Daily Life