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International Day of Happiness 2024

International Day of Happiness on March 20th is a day recognised by the UN to highlight the role of happiness in our lives. Research indicates that merely looking at an animal's face can spark joy. It goes beyond the possible companionship animals provide, delving into the happiness chemistry activated within our brains.

Animals and Happiness

Viewing cute animals releases dopamine and serotonin, enhancing our mood similar to the joy of eating chocolate or falling in love. This visual engagement also boosts oxytocin, the "cuddle hormone," promoting feelings of love and reducing stress. From a psychological standpoint, cute animals draw on our innate desire to nurture, giving us a sense of purpose and diminishing loneliness. They represent a form of unconditional love, enhancing our self-esteem and diminishing feelings of isolation.


In essence, the simple act of enjoying animal photos or videos taps into our brain's chemistry and psychological mechanisms, fostering joy, reducing stress, and enhancing our sense of connection. Next time you're uplifted by animal content online, remember the profound psychological benefits behind your smile.



brown fluffy dog lying on an open laptop keyboard


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