Laughing with your loved one over a home cooked meal, catching up with friends at a restaurant or cooking with your family. Many of our socializing revolves around food. Why is that?
Because food connects everyone and it conquers all, from language barriers to cultural differences. Coming together and sharing a meal is the most communal and binding thing in almost every place in the world.
The sharing of food has brought people together since the beginning of time. It’s how we make friends, nurture relationships, celebrate milestones, mend conflicts and feel gratitude for life.
The sharing of food also helps to break ice, especially students living overseas. The best way to integrate is through sharing of food like potluck. It is an awesome warm-up for exchange students where they bring dishes from their homeland and share food cultures through different dishes.
Food is the foundation of many cultures. When you eat traditional dishes from someone’s culture, you get a unique insight into their heritage, and get a glimpse into their food customs and rituals. As you share these experiences, you’ll encounter more than just new flavours, you are enriching and expanding your whole world.
Socializing with food instills a sense of comfort, helps us get out of our comfort zone to try new things, encourage a sense of belonging due to common food interests, provide a bonding experience while improving emotional wellbeing.
Food has great power when it comes to building a global village and has great effects in bringing friends, families, colleagues and people from other backgrounds together. And it the best way to create memories and to keep in touch.
“Food brings people together on many different levels. It’s nourishment of the soul and body; it’s truly love.” – Giada De Laurentiis