Healthy habits are easier to uphold at home verses in a restaurant. Why? We control the portions, the ingredients and the formula from start to finish. But beyond calorie counts, studies have linked sharing meals at home to happier moods and strengthened bonds. Dr. Brené Brown agrees. She specializes in social connections and stresses that they are a fundamental human need, which leads to longer lifespans – both for us and for the environment.
While Thanksgiving is a prime time to have a group meal together, considering adding in a dinner party tradition throughout the year. If the thought of cooking for numbers has you running for cover, there’s nothing more low maintenance than a potluck and a group willing to help you do the dishes. No reservations required.- Lindsey Jarrett