Study: Baby Ducks Relieve Stress
by Scott Friedstein, FluffPo Correspondent
According to a study just released by Duke University, baby ducks can greatly reduce stress levels in those holding them.
“Stress is a constant in modern life,” says head researcher David Burke. “Thankfully, so are baby ducks. We found that holding onto one for just a minute stimulates dopamine receptors and lowers blood pressure. It was a real surprise.”
The study also suggests the addition of baby ducks where they’re perhaps needed the most – in the workplace.
“Work environments can be particularly stressful,” says Burke. “Keeping one of these fuzzy little guys at your desk can help take the edge off and give you something cute to look at. It’s a win-win.”
The findings will be published in next month’s American Journal of Medicine alongside a companion study citing hamsters as excellent mood stabilizers.
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