Want to Be Friendlier? Grab a Warm Beverage in Your Favorite Mug.

It’s been said that a little warmth goes a long way, and that adage seems to be true when it comes to your favorite warm beverage. Do you want to become a friendlier person? All you need is some hot coffee.

Yes, really.

An†experiment done at the University of Colorado Boulder†discovered something interesting. People who held a cup of hot (versus iced) coffee judged other participants as having “warmer” personalities. In a second study, participants holding something warm were more likely to choose a gift for a friend instead of one for themselves.

The results are attributed to the insula, the part of the brain where judgments about others are formed, and where we also process warmth. This warm-cold assessment is part of our first impression of people. A person’s perceived warmth of character, says the study, “accounts for 82% of the variance in people’s evaluations of social behaviors.” We use this information to determine if the person is friendly, helpful and trustworthy.

You’ll be more generous†and†friendlier just by sipping on a hot beverage so grab a mug and pour yourself a drink. And speaking of mugs, they’re just as important.

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Mug Matters Too

You probably have a favorite mug, yes? You know the mug I’m talking about. It’s the one you reach for day after day that you don’t let anyone drink out of. You gently take it out of their hands saying, “I’m sorry, that’s my mug. Try this one instead.” If you don’t have a favorite mug, you know someone who does.

According to researchers, nearly 60 percent of us have an attachment to a specific mug, and one in six of us would brood if someone else used it. Not only that, a third of the people asked said that they’d be “devastated” if their favorite mug broke and a whopping 42 percent deemed the mug irreplaceable.

Our favorite mugs hold a deep psychological appeal to us.†This attachment comes from the feelings that the mugs give us according to food psychologist Christy Fergusson. “We are incredibly attached to these simple everyday objects because psychologically they evoke a sense of warming, comfort, and safety in us.” This†type of behavior was coined the “endowment effect.” When we touch things, it almost becomes an extension of us. We create deeper connections with objects and associate memories or feelings with them.

This explains why I’m so attached to my go-to coffee mug, an over-sized teal mug from†Lasa Animal Sanctuary.†Not only does it hold a fair amount of coffee (a requirement for mugs in my collection), but it also holds special memories for me because I was married there.

Hot Drink Recipes That’ll Keep You Warm

You didn’t think I was going to tell you how beneficial drinking hot beverages from personal, beloved mugs are to us without also giving you some recipes to try out, did you? Never would I ever. We’re friends.

Related Reading: Guide to Dairy-Free Coffee & Tea Creamers

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This Ginger Latte from Minimalist Baker uses only three ingredients!

Here are ten more recipes to keep those mugs filled while also keeping you warm (and friendly).

Do you drink from a special mug? What’s your favorite hot beverage? Beverage routine?†Let’s talk about it in the comments!

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Marija M
Marija M3 months ago


Stephanie s
Stephanie s3 months ago

Thank you

Kimberly Wallace
Kimberly Wallace3 months ago


Janis K
Janis K3 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

Peggy B
Peggy B3 months ago

Good to know.

Renee M
Renee M3 months ago

I have 3 or 4 mugs that I really like and choose which one to use depending on my mood. I also sometimes use my daughters favorite mug when she is away at school. It makes me feel close to her even when she isn't home.

Clare O
Clare O'Beara3 months ago


Clare O
Clare O'Beara3 months ago

Warm drinks give off a scent more than cold ones

Leo C
Leo Custer3 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

Sonia M

Good article thanks for sharing