Coffee probably makes you happy simply because you love coffee. Or maybe that’s just why you think coffee makes you happy. According to new research, coffee most likely literally causes happiness.
Lars Kuchinke, a German researcher from Ruhr University, and his team surveyed 66 people for this study. They gave half of them 200mg of caffeine to consume, and then 30 minutes later, asked them to quickly look at a computer screen and determine whether or not they saw any words in a string of letters. The half who had coffee beforehand were 7% more accurate in picking out the positive words from the string than those who consumed a placebo. Continue reading