For the longest time, people thought cat videos were just a guilty pleasure on the Internet. Now scientists have discovered that watching cat videos can actually stimulate energy and positive emotions and decreases negative feelings, according to Indiana University Media School researcher Jessica Gall Myrick.

Jessica surveyed almost 7,000 people about their viewing of cat videos and how it affects their moods.

“Some people may think watching online cat videos isn’t a serious enough topic for academic research, but the fact is that it’s one of the most popular uses of the Internet today,” Myrick said. “If we want to better understand the effects the Internet may have on us as individuals and on society, then researchers can’t ignore Internet cats anymore.

“We all have watched a cat video online, but there is really little empirical work done on why so many of us do this, or what effects it might have on us,” added Myrick. “As a media researcher and online cat video viewer, I felt compelled to gather some data about this pop culture phenomenon.”

If you thought watching cat videos was a waste of time, it’s actually good for you. The next time you’re feeling down, watch a cat video. You may find yourself happier and more energetic before you know it.

To read more about the study showing cat videos increase positive feelings, click here.