Stressed out students at Aberdeen University in Scotland are going to be given a special room on campus to calm down with puppies during the exam period.
Aberdeen University's Exam Welfare Initiative is teaming up with Guide Dogs For The Blind Association to offer the furry therapy after receiving positive feedback from students.
Emma Carlen, Aberdeen University’s president of societies and student activities, said in a statement: “We got a really positive reaction to that from both the guide dogs and the students, it really chilled them out, so that encouraged us to get this set up for the exam period.”
They are setting up a rooms on campus between the 13th and 23rd May. The university is also offering smoothie and apple give aways to calm stressed out students as well as onsite-massage at the library, yoga taster sessions a health walk on the beach.
Last October, researchers at Hiroshima University in Japan found that photos of kittens, puppies and the like don't just make people feel better - they also help them to concentrate.
Their paper, called the 'Power of Kawaii' ('kawaii' being the Japanese word for 'cute'), reports that, through three separate experiments, people showed higher levels of concentration after looking at pictures of puppies or kittens.
Puppy therapy is already in place at US Kent State University in Ohio and Macalester College in Minnesota.
At Harvard Medical School and Yale Law School, resident therapy dogs can be borrowed just like a book for stressed-out students.
So there you go: proof that it's not only perfectly fine for you to click through the gallery below whilst you're meant to be studying but actually necessary for your revision, too. Hurrah!
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