Why watching cat videos really is good for your health (VIDEO)

According to a recent study, watching cat videos can improve your mood. — AFP pic
According to a recent study, watching cat videos can improve your mood. — AFP pic

LOS ANGELES, June 18 — If your bosses catch you watching cat videos at work (again), you can tell them that science made you do it.

According to a new study published in the journal Computers in Human Behaviour, researchers have found that watching cat videos gives you more energy and chases away 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,” Jessica Gall Myrick, assistant professor at The Media School at Indiana University and author of the study, said in a news release.

Who are we to argue with such good advice?

Myrick surveyed almost 7,000 people about their cat video viewing habits, as well as how they felt before and after watching the clips.

She added, “For most people, it improved their mood. 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.”

And in case you needed any more convincing, here’s a super-cute cat compilation for your viewing pleasure.