Concentrate on Cuteness

I’ve shared with you my personal 11 Productivity Tactics to help you find greater clarity and energy around achieving your goals. But in my own journey, I’ve stumbled upon some useful tips from others that have proved equally valuable, and sometimes also excessively amusing. This particular tip hit on both of those, and so naturally caught my special attention. In fact, it was just hilarious and original enough that I knew I had to share it with you.I Can Haz Productivity?

Here’s the secret – looking at cute baby animals can actually improve your concentration and productivity!

Who woulda thunk?

Apparently, there was a study conducted by Hiroshima University in Japan which found that looking at positive images triggers positive emotions (well that seems pretty obvious). But then they took it a step further to understand which kinds of positive images prompted which kinds of emotions and behaviors. After experimenting with various pleasant images, including cute animals and yummy foods, they concluded that the cute baby animals had the most significant affect. In fact, these particular images of baby animals gave the participants a narrowed attentional focus induced by the cuteness-triggered positive emotion. They found that the participants were able to perform tasks requiring focused attention more carefully after viewing the cute images.

The conclusion? In short, cute images increase concentration. After looking at cute animals, these participants increased their performance in concentration tasks by an astounding 44 percent.

But why do they? Well the researchers of this study have a theory:

Caring for babies (nurturance) not only involves tender treatments but also requires careful attention to the targets’ physical and mental states as well as vigilance against possible threats to the targets. If viewing cute things makes the viewer more attentive, the performance of a non-motor perceptual task would also be improved.

Cute productivityDo you agree? I think it has some merit for sure. And while it’s an unusual study, it does echo of similar theories, such as that temptations like reality TV and cute YouTube videos are conducive to productivity as well.

So next time you are feeling a little tired or unmotivated, take a few minutes to do a quick search and pull up some photos of your favorite baby animals. Then just let yourself soak in their cuteness for a spell, and see what happens! It might just be the key you were looking for to help you power through those less enjoyable tasks on your To Do list, and get back to focusing on your creative work that much faster.

Happy cuteness-consuming and productive-doing!

Questions? Comments? Absurd Ideas? Please comment below and tell me whether this cuteness concentration tip works for you, or if you have any other awesome productivity-inducing tips to share!

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