Videos and images of cats, dogs and other animals make up the most viewed content on the web. Science proves it: looking at these images can actually boost productivity, motivation, focus, and lift mood.
Real-life interactions are even more powerful. Pets provide social and emotional support, boost self-esteem, conscientiousness and make us happy.
We all could use a little love...
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