Here's why liking hot drinks makes you seem like a nicer person 3 years ago

Here's why liking hot drinks makes you seem like a nicer person

We'd take a cup of tea and a fire in the belly any day.

Coffee, mulled wine, mulled cider, mulled milk(?)...yep we're down with all of the hot drinks but it seems there is a real reason why holding a steaming mug of chocolate or cradling a tumbler of smokey whiskey will leave you feeling kindly to those in your company.

Studies have shown that there is a psychological element to choosing hot drinks. They can actually make us feel nicer and cosier and more generous.

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In an experiment reported in The Guardian people were asked to rate strangers on how trustworthy they were and holding a cup of hot coffee made the participants rate the strangers more favourably, while holding a cold drink had the opposite effect.

The same principle applies with sweetness. People who have eaten something sugary are more likely to describe a stranger positively.

HARROGATE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: A waitress pours tea at Bettys Tea Room, Harlow Carr on February 12, 2009 in Harrogate, England. The family owned company Taylors of Harrogate have been producing it's blends of teas and coffee since 1886 and serving it's products at the famous and traditional Bettys Tea Shops. Despite recent increases in the price of tea and the surge of coffee shops, the 'cuppa' is proving to be as popular as ever with bookings in Britain's discerning tea rooms being made weeks in advance. Consumption also increases during a recession as tea lovers take solace drinking tea. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

So perhaps festive mulled wine and squishy cookies are the perfect combination for a festive date?