Warmer Feelings Flow From Cozy Hands: Scientists

Study suggests holding warm objects inspires more generous emotions
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2008 4:34 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The temperature of whatever you’re holding may affect your mood, HealthDay reports. Two new studies, published in Science, indicate that holding warm objects tends to make people act more generously and see strangers in a kinder light than those holding something cold. “Simply holding a warm or cold object can influence people's interpersonal judgments and decisions," a researcher says.

The studies tested different reactions when subjects held hot and cold coffee, and hot and cold therapeutic pads. What does this mean for you? Well, the next time you’ve got a date or a big meeting, “a hot drink might seal the deal,” National Geographic adds. “On the margin, it might push them to see you more favorably,” a professor says.

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