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You’ll Be Touched By The Unusual Animal Friendship Shown In These 10 Pictures

You’ll Be Touched By The Unusual Animal Friendship Shown In These 10 Pictures

We all love watching animals cuddle, play with one another, and just have a great time, right? These pictures will make your hearts melt with care, love, and affection. A daily dose of animal affection surely keeps the doctor away.

Beware…the pictures are far too cute. I hope your hearts don’t melt away like chocolate bars.

1. Lovable Piggy With The Sleepy Tiger

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    These adorable creatures are snuggling with one another.

    The tiger lays asleep while the piggy lies awake snuggling up with the tiger. Such a cute scenario!

    2. The Baby Chick With The Naughty Squirrel

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      Here we have two love birds….ironic how one actually is a bird. The squirrel seems to be in love with the chick…who is all smitten in love.

      Way to go love birds….

       3. The Cat And The Gat

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        The Cat and the Gat. This Gator is sleeping alongside friend Cat.

        Both are drunk in sleep….and seem steadily in the deepest sleep they can have.

        4. Little Squirrel With Cat

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          The Cat with the tiny squirrel…this picture is mind-blowing enough.

          5. Mr. Parrot and Tiny Mole

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            Their friendship sure is a unique one.

            Looks like they will be friends for a very long time.

            6. Birds and Piglet

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              Birds, Birds, and Pigs….Adorable.

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              7. The Elephant And The Lamb

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                These two have gotten struck with love…or friendship…whatever you want to call it!

                8. Baby Monkey With Baby Tiger

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                  This is truly adorable.

                  A friend that helps in a time of need, is a friend indeed. Shown here clearly.

                  9. Baby Duck With Mr. Owl

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                    Cuddling with each other, this picture is epic.

                    10. Monkey and Tigers

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                      Gorgeous!

                      Featured photo credit: Cute Animal Friendship Images Background HD Wallpaper via sharenator.com

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                      Last Updated on June 24, 2019

                      Why Social Media Might Be Causing Depression

                      Why Social Media Might Be Causing Depression

                      A study [1] published in Depression and Anxiety found that social media users are more likely to be depressed. This was just one of the huge number of studies linking social media and depression[2] . But why exactly do platforms like Facebook and Instagram make people so unhappy? Well, we don’t know yet for sure, but there are some explanations.

                      Social Media Could Lead to Depression

                      Depression is a serious medical condition that affects how you think, feel, and behave. Social media may lead to depression in predisposed individuals or make existing symptoms of depression[3] worse explains[4] the study above’s senior author Dr. Brian Primack. So, the problem may not be in social media per se, but how we use it.

                      Signs You’re Suffering From “Social Media Depression”

                      If you feel like social media is having a negative impact on your mood, then you may be suffering from “social media depression.” Look for symptoms like:

                      • low self-esteem,

                      • negative self-talk,

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                      • a low mood,

                      • irritability,

                      • a lack of interest in activities once enjoyed,

                      • and social withdrawal.

                      If you’ve had these symptoms for more than two weeks and if this is how you feel most of the time, then you are likely depressed. Although “social media depression “is not a term recognized in the medical setting, social media depression seems to be a real phenomenon affecting around 50% of social media users. As explained in a review study[5] published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, if a person has a certain predisposition to depression and other mental disorders, social media use may only worsen their mental health.

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                      Social Media Could Crush Self-Esteem

                      We know that social media and depression are in some way linked, but why is this so? Well, according to Igor Pantic, MD, Ph.D.[6], social media use skews your perception about other people’s lives and traits. To explain this further, most people like to portray an idealized image of their lives, personal traits, and appearance on sites like Facebook and Instagram. If you confuse this idealized image with reality, you may be under the false impression that everyone is better than you which can crush your self-esteem and lead to depression. This is especially true for teens and young adults who are more likely to compare themselves to others. If you already suffer from low self-esteem, the illusion that everyone has it better off than you will just make you feel worse.

                      Causing Social Isolation and Other Negative Emotions

                      Another commonly cited reason for the negative impact of social media on mental health is its link with social isolation. Depressed people are more likely to isolate themselves socially and chose only to interact indirectly through social media platforms. But communication online tends to be superficial and is lacking when compared to real-life interaction explains Panic. What this means is not that social media leads to isolation but the other way around, possibly explaining why we find so many depressed persons on these sites.

                      Lastly, social media use may generate negative emotions in you like envy, jealousy, dislike, loneliness, and many others and this may worsen your depressive symptoms.

                      Why We Need to Take This Seriously

                      Both depression and social media use are on the rise according to epidemiological studies. Since each one has an impact on the other, we have to start thinking of healthier ways to use social media. Teens and young adults are especially vulnerable to the negative impact of social media on mental health.

                      Advice on Social Media Use

                      Although these findings did not provide any cause-effect explanation regarding Facebook and depression[7], they still do prove that social media use may not be a good way to handle depression. For this reason, the leading authors of these studies gave some suggestions as to how clinicians and people can make use of such findings.

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                      One suggestion is that clinicians should ask patients about their social media habits. Then they can advise them on how to change their outlook on social media use or even suggest limiting their time spent on social media.

                      Some social media users may also exhibit addictive behavior; they may spend too much time due to compulsive urges. Any compulsive behavior is bound to lead to feelings of guilt which can worsen depressive symptoms.

                      Having Unhealthy Relationship with Social Media

                      If you feel like your relationship with social media is unhealthy, then consider the advice on healthy social media use provided by psychology experts from Links Psychology[8]:

                      Avoid negative social comparison – always keep in mind that how people portray themselves and their lives on social media is not a realistic picture, but rather an idealized one. Also, avoid comparing yourself to others because this behavior can lead to negative self-talk.

                      Remember that social media is not a replacement for real life – Social media is great for staying in touch and having fun, but it should never replace real-world interactions.

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                      Avoid releasing personal information – For your safety and privacy, make sure to be careful with what you post online.

                      Report users who bully and harass you – It’s easy to be a bully in the anonymous and distant world of social media. Don’t take such offense personally and report those who abuse social media to harass others.

                      The bits of advice listed above can help you establish a healthy relationship with social media. Always keep these things in mind to avoid losing an objective perspective of what social media is and how it is different from real life. If you are currently suffering from depression, talk to your doctor about what is bothering you so that you can get the treatment you need to get better. Tell your doctor about your social media use and see if they could give you some advice on this topic.

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