Taking time to gather around the table and share a meal is a value we not only embrace within our families, but promote as a business.
We’ve experienced first hand how healing and invigorating it can be to eat with those we care about. So imagine how delighted we were to discover there’s actual science surrounding dining with others and personal happiness.
Researchers from the University of Oxford discovered that shared meal times make us feel connected and promotes bonding.
Other than exercise and sex, a shared meal is one of the best ways to boost endorphins. When that meal is centered around our favorite foods, wine and laughter, it sends a triple punch of feel-good responses as our happiness hormones are triggered and our stress levels drop.
People who eat often with others feel more connected and at ease in their personal relationships. The study discovered that those who eat socially find it easier to trust others and engage in their community. They also felt like they had dependable friendships. Again, our feel good hormones are at work, endorphins promote bonding when we eat together.
We know modern living can feel busy and hectic and meal times can get reprioritized. We encourage you to take time for the sacredness of a shared meal with your family.
And if you want to spread your wings a little, plan a dinner and invite friends or neighbors over, we’re here to help you make it easy:
Join us for a mealtime revolution and increase your health and happiness in the process!
Need a little inspiration for your next get-together? See how we decorate, entertain and celebrate meal time.
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