The psychology behind a nice cup of tea | Daniel Glaser
By: Daniel Glaser | The psychology behind a nice cup of tea | Daniel Glaser | Neuroscience | The Guardian
Studies have shown that holding a warm drink makes people rate strangers more highly
As the temperature drops, you might find yourself reaching for a hot cup of coffee or tea, or warm mulled wine or cider more often than usual. But this may not just be because of the obvious benefits of warming your hands around the cup and banishing the cold from your belly.
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.