Make meals a social occasion

Nicola - Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Only 25% of Australian families eat together – which robs each family member of valuable time to feel connected, share their experience, explore idea,s and just be together.  

Sharing a meal is important and is something humans have done since time immemorial.  Specific celebrations in many cultural and religious groups are often marked by a shared meal, and food is often offered as a welcoming gesture.  Such social occasions give us a sense of belonging, identity, and make us feel connected – all adding to a sense of meaning, purpose and inclusion.

Put aside the e-world and busy-ness for a while and get connected: try to schedule meals to eat with others in your family / household; share jams and preserves with neighbours; eat at communal tables if out alone; commit to sharing meals with friends or neighbours who live alone.