There’s an abundance of benefits to be reaped when you share food with others. Breaking bread can remove barriers and helps us explore new cultures and build stronger connections with others. Whether it’s sitting down to dinner with your loved ones or a simple working lunch with your colleagues, it can lead to a happier and healthier you.
Food brings us together, so here are some reasons why you need to grab your bestie or your team and get eating together!
Whether you’re grabbing lunch with your work colleagues, having dinner with family and friends or networking at a conference, eating with other people helps strengthen bonds and build relationships. A 2015 study by Cornell University found that eating together can help establish stronger connections with their peers and boost job performance. Food brings people together, regardless of age and social class and lets you share stories, laugh and enjoy each other’s company.
Studies have shown that adults tend to make healthier food choices when they’re in a group. Another study also found that children who ate with their family were more likely to eat healthier.
Having a meal with others can boost your mood and some studies have even shown that it can help alleviate depression.
Whether you’re with family or with new friends, eating together is a great way to expand your horizons. Interact with colleagues from other departments, establish stronger bonds with your team, learn about new cultures – food is the universal language that brings everyone together.
Taking a step back to our instinctual roots, sharing the same food with people is one of the best ways to build trust. It sends a subconscious signal to our brains that lets us know the food is safe and the people you are sharing it with can be trusted. This is a part of our brain that is relied upon to build relationships and trust within our tribes or teams.
Here are some delicious food options that are ideal for sharing, whether it's on ‘eat with a friend’ day on 25 November, or any other day of the work week.
There are so many benefits to be reaped when you eat with other people. Check out our infographic below to see what sharing a meal around the world looks like.
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