The latest trick for better performance, diligence and more focused concentration comes in the form of taking some time out to coo over pictures of adorable things, or what the Japanese refer to as kawaii (a word meaning ‘cute’).
A Japanese study† found that people actually experience more attentional focus and careful behaviour in performance-based tasks after looking at pictures of super-cute animals.
As if we needed an excuse on our lunch breaks!
Here's to a productive day…
Study: The Power of Kawaii: Viewing Cute Images Promotes a Careful Behavior and Narrows Attentional Focus, Nittono et al., 2012