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Science Says Pup Pictures Can Bring Happiness — So Here Are 10 of Them

Here at Healthline, we get to bring in our pups every day. Not only do they give us an excuse to break from our routine of screen-staring, they also provide a little wet notification that reminds us to be happy (and pet them!). And this happiness nudge is backed by science.

A study published in Hormones and Behavior concluded that interactions with dogs — especially ones initiated by dogs — boosted oxytocin, dubbed the “love” hormone. Another study looked at marriages and positive stimuli and found that cute pictures of puppies (and bunnies) helped participants associate positive reactions with their spouses.

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So, while we can’t bring puppies to your office or home as positive stimuli, we can send them along in the form of 10 adorable illustrations with motivational quotes.

1. For when you’re having a ruff day, remember…

2. For when you need to make a hard decision, remember...

3. For when the day seems to be nonstop busy, remember…

4. For when you forget perfection exists, remember...

5. For when you need to feel motivated, remember…

6. For when things aren’t making sense, remember...

7. For when you feel your stress levels rising, remember…

8. For when you need a reminder to be awesome, remember...

9. For when you’ve been staring at a report for too long, remember…

10. For when nothing seems to be going your way, remember…

Print out your favorite motivational pup and keep ’em by your desk or share them with someone who needs a little smile today. One thing’s for sure: Whether real or in photos, these doggies have got our back.

Article resources
  • McNully JK, et al. (2017). Automatic associations between one’s partner and one’s affect as the proximal mechanism of change in relationship satisfaction: Evidence from evaluative conditioning. DOI: 10.1177/0956797617702014
  • Nagasawa M, et. al. (2009). Dog’s gaze at its owner increases owner’s urinary oxytocin during social interaction. DOI: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2008.12.002
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