One of the numerous magazines Emily receives at home is Prevention. Sometimes when I am overcome by boredom, I will thumb through the pages of this magazine. Today I found a short article that just might have some helpful information.
The article is called “Hot Secret for Instant Bonding.” Sounds kind of racy, doesn’t it? Well, here is what it says:
“Want to feel closer to a loved one? Just hand her a hot drink: Clutching a steaming beverage – whether coffee, cocoa, or tea – can elicit a flood of positive feelings, according to a Yale University study. This may be because people associate physical warmth with emotional warmth, say the researchers. Study subjects held cups of either hot or iced coffee; those gripping warm mugs were more appreciative of friendliness in others – and also felt more generous and trusting themselves.”
Given the results of this study, I’m beginning to think that it would be beneficial to use this information when preparing for meetings. When I know that we might be dealing with difficult subject matter, I should make sure that everyone has a warm beverage. Maybe even cranking the heat up a degree would be helpful???
So, if you have to have a stressful discussion with a friend, family member, or co-worker, be sure to bring them a hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa!