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Struggling to Get Along with Your Co-Workers? Well Coffee Might Be the Answer!

A study conducted by the University of California, Davis, has found that drinking coffee before group activities or discussions could actually help people be more engaged, self-confident and sociable! 

For the study, a team based at the UC-Davis Graduate School of Management wanted to see if people interacted differently with others in a group setting if they had drunk coffee beforehand. 133 people were chosen for the study, and all of them ranged from low-to-moderate coffee drinkers - people who drink up to four cups of coffee a day, - to those who do not have have any coffee for at least five hours prior to the study.  

These participants were split into two groups. The first group had to drink a 12-ounce-cup of Starbucks coffee. They were asked to read about the Occupy Wall Street movement and then instructed to talk about this topic with a group for around 15 minutes. The other group were instructed to discuss the exact same topic without drinking any coffee. 

At the end of the study, coffee drinkers said their group discussion was much more enjoyable than those who did not drink any coffee. 

Researchers decided to conduct a second test with a new group of participants to make sure their findings were valid. These groups were asked to partake in the same activities as the previous groups, however, all participants were instructed to drink a cup of either caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee. Participants were not told what form of coffee they were drinking.  

The results from this group matched the previous study. Those who drank caffeinated coffee said they had a more positive experience, were more willing to participate and felt more alert than those who drank decaf. 

So if you’re struggling to get on with your co-workers, maybe it’s best to have a few shots of espresso before going to work!