After the premiere of “13 Reasons Why,” the search phrase “how to commit suicide” rose 26% above what would normally have been expected for that time; “suicide prevention” went up 23%; and “suicide hotline number” climbed 21%, based on the paper’s data.
That’s where study leader James K. McNulty came into the picture. And according to his research (published this week in Psychological Science) the answer lies in adorable animal photos. The researchers showed one group a picture of their partner paired with a photo of a positive image like a precious cat or dog and the other group had neutral photos next to their partner, like a jacket or chair. By the end of the study, researchers concluded that those who had been shown positive images had more positive feelings for their partner and marriage quality improved.