Making food and sharing a meal with others is believed to lead to a happier and healthier life. According to a Cornell University study, “food acts as a kind of social glue.”
The benefits of eating together are more than just psychological but nutritional too. Sharing meals with those you love can lead to a longer lifespan because it builds a strong connection with the people in your community. While it may seem insignificant compared to many other things, moments like these contribute to our wholeness and mental health.
On top of this, there is evidence that family meals lay the groundwork for healthier eating in adulthood and lowers the risk of health issues and obesity.
Among the benefits of eating together,
It instills a sense of comfort
Helps us get out of our comfort zone and try new things
Encourages a sense of belonging because of common food interests
Allows us to be present and engaged while eating
Providing a bonding experience
Improving emotional wellbeing
Food has always had a way to bring us closer to one another, whether its cooking together or sitting down for a meal. In these uncertain times, more than ever do we look to the familiar feelings that food brings to offer the most comfort.