Cuteness. We all know that it makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. We all know that being in its presence is something we all enjoy. We know that even the most tough soldier or bodybuilder enjoys being cuddled by puppies. We all have a soft side, and the challenges of life can sometimes make us forget that.
But can cuteness truly help you if you’re struggling, or allow you some momentary piece from your problems? Can it be used to truly help you enjoy a higher quality of life if you increase your exposure to it?
We’re here to ponder these questions, and possibly provide some answers. You never know, this might help you make a new start if you need one.
Cuteness is often coupled with innocence. The beauty and purity of a small pet, child or behaviour expressed by both can help us feel warm, protective and happy. This feeling is not superficial. It’s not the same as smelling candy for the pleasant sensation you receive. Witnessing this innocence can help you realize that there actually IS innocence in the world. This is something we might forget after reading the news cycle for too long, or experiencing a hard period of life, or generally growing up and becoming an adult. Innocence helps us reset our moral compass, and give us a mental pause from the difficulty of our life.
This could come in the form of an emotional support dog, such as a beautiful Maltipoo or Labradoodle. It could be spending more time with your infant nieces and nephews. Or, put simply, it could be as easy as heading to the r/aww subreddit and seeing some truly cute behaviour online.
Cuteness isn’t only there to make us feel emotionally supported. It can also bring out the best of us in many different ways. The drive to nurture the object of our cute feelings can help us feel more protective and positively in charge of the health of whatever is the subject of our cuteness. If mothers didn’t think their babies were cute, they would have that little bit of extra difficulty in loving them unconditionally. Nurturing behavior is something we need to thrive as humans, because it allows us to meet our general drive for life and to protect what we hold dear.
When you find something cute, you often want to share it with people. This is why people feel pride in allowing their babies to be fawned over, and show you photographs of their pets. It’s a pleasant social interaction to come together with someone and celebrate the beauty of a select animal or child. It’s something which humans have likely experienced since we had the potential for rational thought, and maybe even much before that.
Being in the presence of cuteness generally makes you a softer, more patient and more caring person. It allows you to see the ideal in your life and be grateful for it. It gives you the tools to inwardly celebrate something you hold dear, instead of lamenting the things you might be missing.
So what are you waiting for? If you’re down in the dumps, an extra helping of experienced cuteness (with responsible and constant care) could be the medicine you need.