You know that lolcat feeling? The one you get from looking at funny pictures of animals, especially fuzzy little kittens and such?
Well, that's the oxytocin feeling. As such, it's the feeling that makes us want to take care of our children instead of eating them. And, by extension, care for other folks and creatures that need our help.
Neurocritic discusses research showing that this same aww-cute impulse can improve surgeons' performance in the operating room by making them more careful. Read it here: Kittens in the Operating Room