Monday, October 03, 2011
Feeling bad after a breakup? Wish your new coworkers had invited you to happy hour? Instead of drowning your sorrows in a tub of Ben & Jerry's, submerge yourself in a different tub altogether.
New research from Yale University shows that raising your body's temperature-say, by relaxing in a steamy bath-can make you feel less isolated. "As infants being held by our mothers, we learned to connect physical warmth with emotional well-being," says study coauthor John Bargh, Ph.D. "So merely feeling something hot against your skin helps you lose that lonely feeling.