There's more to eating than just obtaining energy and building blocks. The process of eating has a tremendous influence on our emotions. It makes us feel good! Chocolate is known to make us happy (most of us). Being full after a good meal makes us happy. A certain flavor experience makes us happy. Some people who are sad or depressed frequently use foods (or drinks) to cheer up.
Moreover, few activities are as enjoyable sharing a meal – and connecting -with others. Shared meals often play a central role in happy families or communities and symbolize special occasions. Think of turkey at Thanksgiving or your birthday cake. The whole meal experience can take hours, from preparing the courses (appetizers, main courses, side dishes, desserts) and setting the table, to eating and talking, to clearing the table and washing the dishes. Sharing meals will bring people together, create harmony, and foster communication, whether in private, business or politics.
Observe yourself how eating alone or together makes you feel. What are your favorite meal occasions? Why?