Animal lovers listen up! Because you’re going to LOVE this new study!!
According to a new study from Florida State University, looking at really cute photos of animals can help your marriage last LONGER!
The study found that “evaluative conditioning” can really help save your relationship/marriage and keep that spark alive. That whole conditioning part comes from putting together positive pictures, like adorable animals, with your partner. So they’re basically trying to retrain your brain to associate those positive images with your spouse.
For six weeks, 144 married couples looked at a bunch of images once every three days. Half were shown cute photos and the other half were shown pretty boring ones, after that, every couple then surveyed how their relationship was and their feelings towards their partner.
Here’s what they found, couples who looked at positive photos like cute puppies or kittens and associated that image to their partner IMPROVED their marriage quality! Overall they had a positive response then those who didn’t look at animal images.
I know it sounds crazy but it actually worked! The lead researcher of this study said, “One ultimate source of our feelings about our relationships can be reduced to how we associate our partners with positive affect, and those associations can come from our partners but also from unrelated things, like puppies and bunnies. I was actually a little surprised that it worked.”
Yay! More reasons to look at cute animal photos!