Though not quite full-on zombies, if you catch us during a midday slump, we somewhat resemble lumbering beasts. Luckily ones that can be tamed by all things furry and cute. As our friends at the American Chemical Society point out in this video, the key to beating back workday fatigue is a quick dose of pleasure. Watching gallivanting baby animals (puppies and kittens—science knows no prejudice) triggers oxytocin, a mood-improving hormone that ups your attention to detail, while causing stress-linked cortisol to take a hike. Other science-condoned quick fixes to re-energize include drinking a glass of water, listening to your favorite song, or stepping outside for a bit of sunlight.

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