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Hard-hearted people may just need a soft chair, study says

reports LiveSciencewhen they’re holding a hot beverage

  • If you want to be taken seriously while interviewing for a new job, give your interviewer a heavy clipboard. Heavy-clipboard holders in this study rated job candidates as seeming more serious.
  • If you’re looking to smooth things over with a friend, give your friend a smooth puzzle piece to hold while you talk it out. People who handled smooth puzzle pieces rated social interactions as less difficult or harsh than people who handled rough pieces.
  • But if you want something from someone, hand them a rough puzzle piece. In the study, those who handled rough puzzle pieces were more generous than those who handled smooth ones, perhaps because they perceived the other person as being tougher or more difficult.

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