The short answer according to recent research is yes.
Having animals around you has been known for many years to lower stress. However, researchers wanted to know if just watching videos of animals would lower stress as well.
So they assembled volunteers and put them into three groups.
One group watched videos of animals. Another group watched a soap opera and a final group watched a blank screen. Each group was then exposed to a stressor – reading aloud to an audience.
The groups that watched a soap opera or a blank screen had high levels of stress. The group that watched the animal videos appears to be much less stressed by the experience of reading aloud.
So researchers concluded “that videotapes of certain animals can reduce cardiovascular responses to psychological stress and may help to buffer viewers from anxiety…”
So if you want to prevent stress in just 60 seconds find a cute video of an animal on Youtube and just enjoy.
What do you think of this research? Will you try this idea today? Leave me a comment below.