Feeling a bit grouchy and uninspired this morning? Time to put the kettle on.
According to Metro, A new study conducted by Peking University has found that drinking tea can instantly put people in a good mood which can then spark a boost in creativity.
The two conclusions were found by monitoring 50 students, half of whom were given black tea to drink while the other half were given a glass of water. Both groups were then given two tests, the results of which would be judged for creativity by non-participating students.
The first test required the participants to create an ‘attractive and creative’ design using building blocks. The tea drinkers scored 6.54 points, compared to 6.04 for those who drank water.
The second test involved coming up with a name for a new ramen restaurant. Again, the tea drinkers came out on top with a score of 4.11 to 3.78.
So how did this increase in creativity come about? The researchers said it was down to the caffeine and theanine found in tea which can have beneficial affects on attention as well as boost our mood.
‘This work contributes to understanding the function of tea on creativity and offers a new way to investigate the relationship between food and beverage consumption and the improvement of human cognition.
'Two biological ingredients, caffeine and theanine, have beneficial effects on attention, which is an indispensable part of cognitive function.'
So if you want to put a spring in your step and get the creative juices flowing, get a few more cuppas down your neck before your next big meeting.