After the holidays, we may feel a little overly saturated by social gatherings. As we transition into the New Year, it is essential not to lose sight of the benefits we reap by spending quality time with family, friends, and colleagues.
If this has been a challenge for you in the past, let us provide a solution, not just another New Year’s resolution!
The Benefits of Spending Time Together
We all like having friends and feeling included. Countless studies show the benefits of secure social networks on one’s overall health. Social support is positively correlated with mental and physical health. It can help lessen feelings of stress, improve mood, and promote healthy behavior.
Even when you have good relationships with your coworkers, a myriad of benefits can be observed: improved teamwork and employee morale, higher employee retention rate, and increased productivity.
It is imperative to spend time together with those whom you would like to foster solid relationships to achieve a robust social network.
Setting aside to spend time together intentionally can work wonders for relationships of all kinds. But sometimes we get stuck in a rut. Typical family gatherings and office parties can become mundane. How can we switch things up and bring life back into our gatherings?
Try Something New
Why not try cooking together? Many of our social gatherings naturally revolve around food nonetheless. When was the last time you got together with a friend, family member, or coworker without at least having a coffee?
Cooking together deepens the foundations of your relationship. Cooking and eating is a fundamental component of our humanness.
Cooking With Your Family can facilitate family connection, provide an opportunity for mutual appreciation, allow for teachable moments, and generate long-lasting memories. If you have loving memories of baking cookies with your parents, you know this to be true.
If you think cooking isn’t your thing, maybe you should give it a chance!
Benefits of Cooking
Psychologists have long recognized that cooking can have a very positive effect on our mental health, especially when we’re cooking for or with others.
Doing something for someone else, like cooking for them, is a selfless act. Altruism gives us joy and makes us feel closer to others.
Cooking is a way of caring for others and ourselves. Because the product of this activity nourishes our bodies, it is one of the most basic ways we can care for one another.
Cooking is also a form of mindfulness. Even for a seasoned chef, it’s difficult to cook when you allow yourself to become distracted. Cooking helps us practice focusing on what is happening in the present.
Put It into Practice
If you are ready to try it out and start cooking together with your loved ones, Urban Table Culinary Arts can help! We offer team-building events, private classes, and personalized experiences to meet every client’s needs. We want to inspire you to strengthen your relationships or facilitate new ones while sharing one of the purest forms of human expression. Join us!