20 Cute Animal Photos That Are Exactly What You Need Right Now

Studies have shown that when we see something or someone we find cute, it stimulates the area in our mid-brains associated with motivation and reward, causing a surge of dopamine. Over the course of evolution, the human brain has developed certain “cuteness” criteria: big eyes, fluffy paws, and chubby cheeks, just to name a few. All the animals in our compilation do possess the features of cuteness that can melt anyone’s heart.

Here at Bright Side we got our dose of the “happy hormone” while looking at these pics. Now it’s your turn!

1. A paw with a cute paw-shaped mark

2. Cuteness overload!

3. Quokkas know how to take perfect selfies!