These guys always slap a smile on my face

Seriously, do it–science says it helps your relationships.

New research reveals that looking at cute baby animals and other happy pics boosts your feelings toward your partner.

Sounds crazy, right? Even the researchers were skeptical of the results at first.

Conditioning and learned positive associations are powerful in enhancing relationships. Puppy pics (and looking at anything, well, happy!) are a delightful way to snap out of a bad mood after a rough day at work/battle with traffic–and re-associate your partner with awesomeness.

Best of all, now cruising those cute animal websites aren’t a waste of time–they’re thoughtful relationship management!