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A non–tea drinker's guide to loving tea

Molly Cerreta Smith has enjoyed a career in the publishing industry for more than 10 years. As an editor of several regional magazines, she has had the opportunity throughout her career to meet many local celebrities, businesspeople, ent...

Turn over a new leaf

Even if you've never been much of a tea drinker, we think you'll be willing to turn over a new (tea) leaf once you find out how much tea lovers are enjoying life. Coincidence? You be the judge.

Woman having a cup of tea

Turn over a new leaf

Even if you've never been much of a tea drinker, we think you'll be willing to turn over a new (tea) leaf once you find out how much tea lovers are enjoying life. Coincidence? You be the judge.

The tea truth

According to a 2013 online survey*, tea drinkers are more likely than non–tea drinkers to grab life by the horns and try new things. According to the survey results, tea lovers are more likely to travel, try an exciting hobby or eat exotic foods. Not only do tea drinkers share a thirst for tea, but also a thirst for adventure.

Try out a new adventure

According to the survey, tea drinkers are more likely than non–tea drinkers to take a class to learn a new skill (47 percent versus 30 percent) or join a social club or sports team with strangers (19 percent versus 14 percent). Furthermore, 69 percent of tea drinkers versus 62 percent of non–tea drinkers say they would be interested in traveling to a place they've never been before.

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Bold dining

The survey also reports that tea drinkers are more adventurous when it comes to what they eat and drink. Tea drinkers are more likely than non–tea drinkers (42 percent versus 27 percent) to try a new food that they've never had before, and tea drinkers are also more likely than non–tea drinkers (37 percent versus 20 percent) to try a new beverage that they have never had before. When was the last time you tried a new food or drink? Today could be the day — starting with tea!

Hobby habits

Tea drinkers tend to have more hobbies than non–tea drinkers and are more open to the idea of trying a new one! Thirty-five percent of tea drinkers versus 31 percent of non–tea drinkers noted that having many interests was important to them. Furthermore, 51 percent of tea drinkers versus 35 percent of non–tea drinkers expressed interest in taking up a new hobby.

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Give tea a try

If you want to lead a more adventurous and exciting life, start by trying something new. Take the plunge and try a cup of tea! Rather than just ordering it along with your usual meal from your favorite restaurant, explore the tea aisle at your local market. Chances are you'll be surprised at the array of flavors and varieties available.

Tips for making iced tea >>

If you're used to sipping sweet soda, try swapping it out for iced tea flavored with fruit or herbs. Add a little natural sweetness with honey or agave nectar. You can even infuse them yourself with fresh fruit like oranges, strawberries and lemons and herbs like mint and basil.

Aside from enjoying it iced, tea is delicious served piping hot. Trade out a cup of your usual joe in the morning for a steamy mug of tea with a little milk and sugar or honey. A warm cup of tea at the end of the day can also be very soothing and relaxing before you turn in for the night.

More on tea

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Why tea is good for your health
How to make easy summer sun tea

*The Tetley Tea Simply Brilliant Survey was conducted online in September 2013 by Kelton, a global insights firm. The survey sample was 1,000 nationally representative Americans age 18 and over.

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