Chocolate tastes pretty amazing already, but a new study has shown it can taste even better when you share it with someone else.
According to a study published by Psychological Science, experiences are more intense when shared with another person.
The study had a research participant share a piece of chocolate with another participant (who was actually the researcher). The participant then ate another piece alone while the researcher-in-disguise preoccupied themselves with another task. Despite both pieces of chocolate being from the same block, participants reported the shared piece being tastier.
Participants then shared bitter chocolate with the researcher-in-disguise, with participants reporting that the shared piece was more unpleasant than the one eaten alone.
So although you might be able to demolish a family-sized block of chocolate solo, split it with another person next time and get more bang for your buck. If you want to enhance the effects of your shared chocolate experience, choose dark over milk. Dark chocolate has antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting effects.
The smell of chocolate also increases theta brain waves, which trigger relaxation, as well as increasing blood flow.
Has this convinced you to share your chocolate? Because, you know, if you’re offering…