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Want to Be Healthier? Science Says Watch More Cat Videos

Watching cat videos is why the Internet was invented, right? While catching up on Lil Bub’s latest upload may be one of the most popular uses for the web, it’s time to stop feeling guilty about it. You’re not procrastinating — you’re doing yourself a favor. A new study out by Indiana University researcher Jessica Myrick shows that watching cute videos of cats helps boost mood, lowers anxiety and can even increase productivity.


Researchers recorded the viewing patterns and reactions of over 7,000 participants and discovered that after people watched cat videos, “they were more energetic and felt more positive” and had “fewer negative emotions” than before they watched the kitty antics. They also reported fewer negative emotions, such as anxiety, annoyance and sadness, after watching the vids.

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It’s not just that cats are hilarious. When you take a break to enjoy a video, you get so much pleasure that it outweighs any guilt you might be feeling for procrastinating. “Even if they are watching cat videos on YouTube to procrastinate or while they should be working, the emotional pay-off may actually help people take on tough tasks afterward,” Myrick told Indiana University. Even people who don’t like cats can still laugh at a hilarious cat “fail” video. Cat owners and people with certain personality traits, such as agreeableness and shyness, were more likely to watch cat videos.

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Basically, science just proved what we all already know — watching cat videos definitely makes your day better. But now you can use science as an excuse when your boss busts you. Myrick envisions her research paving the way for cat videos to be used as “a form of low-cost pet therapy.” YouTube stats show that over two million cat videos were posted to YouTube in 2014, achieving close to 26 billion views.

Like chocolate and naps, we just love finding out that our guilty pleasures are actually good for our health and well-being. Now, who needs A cat video break?

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*