Teenagers Who Eat With Their Parents Are Happier. Seriously.

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A different kind of family meal.

Remember those family dinners your parents made you endure as a kid? If you do, you probably had a more cheerful childhood than your friends whose meals were parent-free. Fast Company reports that researchers at McGill University found the frequency with which families dine together is "strongly correlated" to participants overall emotional well-being.

Professor Frank Elgar notes that "you don't have to look like a Norman Rockwell painting" to reap the benefits of a shared meal; simply spending time with loved ones can contribute to more positive mental states, both in the present and future. Now go call your mother. [Fast Company]


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Andrew Bowers
Andrew Bowers

Didn't work. I would have been happier without them.

Robin Hodge
Robin Hodge

Yes they did, and I followed with the same for my children while they were growing up. It was a time spent together of so much more than just sharing a meal together.

MaXi Maxi MaXi
MaXi Maxi MaXi

it was a fun time always, even with the disagreements!

Natali Wind
Natali Wind

I did, and I am most definitely not happier. I don't care how often you eat with your parents, if those parents are emotionally and/or physically abusive, you're gonna have a bad time.

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