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Drinking coffee makes you happier, healthier, wealthier and eminently cooler. For the past several years, scientists have been telling us about the health benefits of drinking coffee. The fact that coffee seems to prevent so many diseases is definitely great news for coffee drinkers, but those health announcements have dwarfed some of the other benefits of drinking coffee. Here are 10 ways that drinking coffee makes you cooler than most.
A number of researchers have found that people who drink at least 4 cups of coffee a day (with “cup” varying, as usual) are about 10 percent less likely to report being depressed.
Research has shown that coffee boosts physical performance. It’s such a well-known fact that the Olympics committee counts caffeine as a performance-enhancing drug and limits the amount that athletes can have in their blood without being disqualified.
Yup, just as a general rule, people who drink at least one coffee daily apparently live longer than their counterparts who don’t drink coffee at all. In one study, researchers found that, at every age interval, people who drank coffee were less likely to die than people who didn’t.
Scientists are finding more and more diseases where coffee appears to confer some protective benefts. So far, the list of diseases where coffee drinkers face less risk than those who don’t drink java includes type 2 diabetes, skin cancer, prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and skin cancer.
Or at least, they do better at taking tests and completing tasks. Caffeine improves reaction time, attention, logical reasoning and vigilance, especially if you drink your coffee at times when your body is in an energy slump.
And they probably don’t run with scissors, either. Seriously. In at least one study, carried out by a coffee company, to be fair, people who drink coffee said they’re more fun at the office than out of the office. They’re also less likely to be late for work.
That same study also found that people who drink coffee make about $3,000 more per year than their tea-drinking counterparts.
No one is quite sure why, but at least one study found that when people were holding a cup of coffee, they were more likely to give money to someone asking for help, and friendlier to others around them in general.
Or at least, that’s the popular impression. In fact, a study funded by coffee company Nespresso found that 77% of upper management execs prefer coffee to tea, and most executives consider drinking good coffee to be a status symbol.
Historical giants, that is. The list of famous people who drank coffee includes some of the most famous names in history – J.S.Bach, Benjamin Franklin, Voltaire and Teddy Roosevelt are just a few of them.
Of course, coffee isn’t all good, but in these 10 areas at least, coffee drinkers score an epic win at life.