Goooood Monday morning! We’re kicking off our first-ever theme week here at Happier, and we’re starting with a focus on family connection.
It’s no secret that the history of human beings is full of rituals around food. “Breaking bread together” is considered a sacred activity in nearly every religion, and eating together is a universal symbol of connection. Is this some sort of mysticism at work? Nope—science repeatedly shows that family dinners strengthen relationships, make kids more resilient, and are generally one of the easiest ways to lower teens’ risk of everything from eating disorders to substance abuse. Even if you don’t have kids and are a full-grown adult, eating with people you love confers plenty of benefits, from increased emotional well-being to actually increasing your odds of eating more nutritious foods. So that brings us to this week’s challenge, all about your family and food:
If you don’t normally have a sit-down, home-cooked family meal, have at least one, this week. If this is already part of your routine, invite a guest to join you!
Here’s some inspiration to get you jazzed to embrace family meals:
- With a name like The Family Dinner Project, you know they’re serious about it.
- If you enjoyed the story I shared about a 4-year-old dining at French Laundry a while back, you may enjoy watching second graders enjoy a fancy tasting menu. (Also, it may make you feel better about the complaining at your house.)
- New on my blog-reading list: Dinner: A Love Story.
Will you take our challenge and share a moment about it in the Happier community? It would make us happier!