The Importance of Eating Together

 

The Atlantic.com says: “Family dinners build relationships, and help kids do better in school.”

Think about this for a moment: One night you have dinner at the table, you talk and engage with your family and friends (maybe it’s just you and one other person or you and a larger group), you empathize with them over whatever they’re going through and laugh at the funny things that happened in your day. The next night, you sit hunched over some dodgy take out food, speed-eating while watching a game or playing on your phone? There is no denying that pulling yourself away from technology and distractions and being present while eating with others (or even by yourself!) is a more thoughtful and conscious way to live.

Eating together

Upon researching this topic further, we came across this beautiful personal account by Cody C. Delistraty (via Atlantic.com) detailing how he and his father struggled after Cody’s mother passed away to make the effort to eat together, but they soon found out that essentially avoiding each other and eating alone was deeply unsatisfying for both of them and their relationship.

“Eating together was a small act, and it required very little of us—45 minutes away from our usual, quotidian distractions—and yet it was invariably one of the happiest parts of my day.” – Cody C. Delistraty (via Atlantic.com).

Read the full story here.

We urge you to sit down, put your phone away, eat slowly and speak to your family and friends (or take a moment just for yourself) while you eat dinner tonight.

Jess Foley
Marketing Meister @ Meisterdish

 

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