Do you want to know the one thing you and your partner can do to improve your communication skills and strengthen your bond?
It sounds random, I know, but stay with me.
Families and loved ones that eat together 5 or more times a week have stronger bonds and better communication. On top of that, they generally eat more nutritious meals and struggle less with weight problems. Let’s focus on the connection and communication aspects.
I can tell you honestly that it wasn’t until very recently that I would have given any thought to communication and connectiveness (word alert! Totally made up word) through meal time.
It was about a week ago, while sitting down at dinner, that my husband remarked that he felt closer to me since arriving at the tower and resuming our evening meals together on a regular basis. I agreed. Over that past 2 years my evening shifts had resulted in fewer shared meals which including those at breakfast and lunch (meals we had shared more often in the past). When I stopped to think about the regular meals we were eating together, I noticed we had stopped butting heads as much, our house was more harmonious, I felt better understood, and we had a greater appreciation and deeper connection with each other. This regular meal time stuff sure seemed to work. So I decided to do a little digging.
And guess what? It’s not a fluke. There’s tons of research to back it up. Those that share a meal more than 5 times a week benefit from better communication, stronger bonds, better nutrition, higher self confidence, less weight problems and a heap of other things. Pretty cool I think.
While, we can’t very well live in the bush forever, isolated from outside factors (I’d have a very unhappy husband if I tried so it’s definitely NOT an option), what we can do is make sure we have regular time every day to connect over a meal. We know we’ll have to develop a plan to stay on track, but it will be well worth it. The results in our relationship and connection have truly been amazing.
Do you feel you could benefit from added intimacy, better communication and a stronger bond with your loved one? Most likely, right? Why not try something as simple as adding in more meal time? Planning to have a meal together a few times a week and building from there. If dinner is too complicated, try adding a weekend breakfast or lunch. Maybe it’s meeting each other downtown on a lunch break and bringing a picnic? Can you think of creative ways to include more weekly meals together? Adding just 1 or two more could help.
One of the things a lot of couples struggle with is getting meals on the table or figuring out what to eat. If you need help regularly getting meals for two on the table, we can help with the planning, so it makes it even easier to develop that deeper connection between you two. Check out our Real Food Meal Plans For Two for more info, and an easy way to make meal time work for you and your partner.
Do you and your partner have regular meals? What works for you or what challenges do you face? Let me know in the comments.
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