According to a study published in the journal Psychological Science, people who smiles after a stressful work have a reduced rate of stress and anxiety than people who do not smile at all. And it doesn’t have to be a genuine smile, even faking a smile can do the same trick.
Sarah Pressman, the co-author of the study and an assistant psychology professor at University of California, Irvine explained what it is about the mere act of smiling that makes a big impact on our mental and physical well-being.
“We smile because we feel not threatened,” Dr. Pressman said. Apparently when we are smiling, this sends a message to our brain that means we are safe. In return, our heart rate and stress levels decline.
To paint a smile on your face, here’s a compilation of German Photographer Christian Vieler work of art- a series of hilarious photos of dogs trying to catch their prized treats!
Since the year 2013, Chrisitan Vieler has been taking amusing photos of dogs catching or missing their treats midair. What inspired him to start the unusual but smile inducing photo collection was none other than his dog as well.
“To make her move and in order to test the ‘freezing options’ of the flash, I started throwing treats at her,” Vieler explained. “Days later, when I cleaned my hard drive, I noticed how funny the shots were.”
“I asked myself: What is the magic behind these photographs? I think the expressions of the dogs remind us of well-known feelings like desire, loss, pain or joy. And that’s what we normally don’t see that clear in the faces of our dogs.” The German photographer further explained.
Without further ado, here are some photos from his hit series of “Dog Catching Treats. The adorable and charming candid shots of the man’s best friend will definitely brighten up your day!
 Stevie’s surprised expression really shows how thrilled he is for a snack!
 Bobba, a Great Dane who really tried her best to catch a treat!
 Lewis, the Labrador Retriever, really showed how happy and eager he is to have his treat!
 Meet Lottie- the Labrador who is always ready for a delicious treat!
 Looking at the face of Uli, one can immediately tell what sad thoughts he’s having on his mind after realizing he just missed his treat.
 This is what pure bliss looks like on the face of Moot- an adorable Rotelier.
 Luna, a charming Husky who is trying her best to catch a delightful snack.
 They say that two is always better than one- and nothing beats a hearty meal that is shared between two friends: Donna and Friede!
 It sure is amazing how Cody and Luna managed to calm themselves as Ava flash smiled at her tempting treat!
 All is fair in love and war- the same things goes for Debbie and Quincy who both wouldn’t back down from claiming their treat!
You can see more of adorable and hilarious photos of dogs in Christian Vieler’s very own photobook TREAT! The dedicated German photographer is set on releasing a second part of the book this 2019!
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Photos | Christian Vieler