Remember those family dinners your parents made you endure as a kid? If you do, you probably had a more cheerful childhood than your friends whose meals were parent-free. Fast Company reports that researchers at McGill University found the frequency with which families dine together is “strongly correlated” to participants overall emotional well-being.
Professor Frank Elgar notes that “you don’t have to look like a Norman Rockwell painting” to reap the benefits of a shared meal; simply spending time with loved ones can contribute to more positive mental states, both in the present and future. Now go call your mother. [Fast Company]
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 12, 2013