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Warm Your Hot Spots
Much of the time, our sight trumps all of our other senses. But touch takes over when we’re feeling cold, sick, depressed and vulnerable. Chris Janiszewski, a business-school professor at the University of Florida, found that depressed consumers have a deeper appreciation for how a rich lotion feels when caressed into the skin, whereas people who feel neutral or upbeat focus on how it looks. Touching—and being touched—are restorative because they signal the presence of a protector. “The most receptive areas are the scalp, back and forearms,” says Janiszewski. For the winter blahs, a steamy whirlpool bath or a massage chair—or, better yet, a hands-on massage—have more therapeutic potential than anything you lay your eyes on. (Except sunshine.)