Cute things: 3 reasons why it’s ok to like them

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Cute things may be a bit of a broad way of phrasing what I’m referring to. Obviously, humans like a lot of cute things, but that’s usually animals or human infants. I suppose it’d be weird to call a living, breathing being a “thing”. It does, technically, fall under the “cute thing” category. However, I am primarily referring to items, such as clothes, wallets, notebooks, pens and other useful stuff that looks “cute” or as others would say, childish. Sure, children like these things as well, but so do adults! As such, here are a few reasons why it’s okay to like cute things as an adult.

You don’t have to please anyone

First of all, there is no need for you to justify your personal taste to anyone. I have seen it happen time and time again: someone likes something that is seen as cute or childish and somebody else tries to shame that other person into not buying that certain thing. For example, if you really like cats and you also really like cute designs, your wardrobe might be filled with cute cat T-shirts.  While others like bedazzled and glamorous things, you like pastel-coloured and adorable things.

Even simple shapes that are rounded can be seen as cute, especially if combined with other elements.  So, to a certain degree, it’s a matter of perspective whether or not something is cute or not. That is yet another reason not to sacrifice the stuff you like for a perceived image that others may have of you.

Cute things are often aesthetically pleasing

Cute things wouldn’t be cute if they weren’t aesthetically pleasing in the first place! So, whether you are decorating your room with adorable characters or putting mascot stickers on your laptop, the chances are it will look good.

Other types of things, saying it as generally as possible, can be less aesthetically pleasing than others. For example, really old “grandma” type of wallpaper is probably generally hated for a reason.  At least a good painter can draw some cute stuff on a wall and make it a wonderful piece in a room.

They make you feel better

Whatever that item is, it is almost guaranteed to make you feel at least a tiny bit better if you look at it or use it in any way.  Cute things, by nature, trigger a release of dopamine in the brain. It’s a pretty clever scheme – without this biological hardwired way to bond with perceived cute things, we wouldn’t be able to survive as a species. Human infants are incredibly difficult to take care of, so if humans were, on average, likely to attack or abandon their own offspring, we wouldn’t be here.  So you can abuse that system and hijack your brain into making you feel better by being surrounded by cute things!

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