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The Benefits of Dining with Friends and Family

Since the beginning of time, cultures around the world have all enjoyed a simple ritual: the act of sitting down with friends and family to share a meal. After all, food may nurture the body, but savoring food in the company of loved ones nurtures the soul. Unfortunately, in our fast-paced modern society, taking the time to join together for a meal sometimes feels like a luxury—but doing so may unleash an assortment of benefits for both physical and mental health.

If a hectic schedule leaves you frequently eating alone or on the go, consider the following benefits of making time for a meal with friends and family:

  • Social connection: Humans are naturally social creatures—and sometimes, communicating via email, phone, or text message fails to satisfy our innate need to genuinely connect with one another. Sitting down for a meal with loved ones offers the perfect opportunity to break away from your electronic devices and engage in the endangered art of face-to-face conversation. As you laugh together and share stories, thoughts, and ideas, the stress of day-to-day life begins to dissipate. The simple act of communal dining can help to boost happiness, foster a sense of security and belonging, and even alleviate depression.
  • Mindful eating: When eating by yourself or in a hurry, it can be easy to eat more than you intend—or to devour the entire meal without enjoying or even really noticing what you consumed. When dining with others, you are more likely to slow down and be mindful of what you are eating. This can enhance your enjoyment of the food and lead to healthier consumption choices.
  • Learning opportunities for children: In today’s society, kids’ schedules are often as busy as those of their adult counterparts. Taking time away from the endless roster of activities to enjoy regular meals with family will help children alleviate stress, develop better communication skills as they converse with their dining companions, and learn proper table manners.
  • An opportunity to expand your palate: Communal dining offers a chance to learn about your friends’ favorite foods and drinks and possibly sample something new that you wouldn’t normally try when eating alone. This is a great way to expand your palate and add some new favorites to your culinary repertoire!
  • At Bennett’s Kitchen Bar Market, our mission is to provide a convivial atmosphere in which you can join together with family and friends to relax and savor good conversation, laughter, and a scrumptious meal. Whether your group includes meat lovers, health-conscious vegans, or anyone in between, we proudly offer a wide variety of options and strive to customize our dishes to suit any preference. We’re open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so gather your favorite dining companions and come enjoy the Bennett’s family experience! Checkout our full menu and daily specials at www.bennettskitchen.com

    Sources:
    https://greatist.com/happiness/stay-happy-and-healthy-eating-friends#1
    https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=why-the-family-meal-is-important-1-701

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