You’re not alone: bath buddies


Have you ever referred to someone as ‘warm’ or ‘giving you the cold shoulder’?

Many of us use physical terms when we describe people, using them in an abstract, psychological sense. Being warm is central to our lives. And now a study at Yale University in America has shown that having a bath could make you less lonely. Researchers asked 400 volunteers, aged 18 to 65, to keep a diary of their bathing habits and note down how they felt before and after.

Results showed that a bath wards off feelings of isolation. What’s more, the greater our feelings of loneliness, the longer we stay in the bath and the hotter we like the temperature.

For more information about this fascinating study and other interesting facts about the emotional benefits of a bath, check out my new book, Bathe, published on 18 October.