Monday 26 August 2019

Hot drinks make us 'friendlier'

There's a psychological element to choosing hot drink in cold weather
There's a psychological element to choosing hot drink in cold weather

As the temperature drops, people instinctively reach for a hot cup of coffee or cocoa. But this may not just be because of the obvious benefits of warming hands around the cup and banishing the shivers.

In fact, studies have shown there's a psychological element to choosing hot drinks - they can actually make us feel cosier and friendlier. In an experiment, people were asked to rate strangers on how welcoming and trustworthy they thought they were.

Holding a warm cup of coffee made them rate the strangers higher on these attributes, while holding a cold drink had the opposite effect. Those holding hot drinks were also more likely to be generous, and less likely to display behaviour thought of as selfish. The same applies with sweetness.

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