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Why Eating the Same Food Increases People's Trust And Cooperation

Posted By NWI, Monday, February 6, 2017

We understand that what we eat is important for maintaining our physical wellness, and foodies have long advocated that being connected to our food helps us make healthy food choices. Food is also a medium through which we connect with others and enhance our social wellness. However, many of us have developed the habit of eating alone--at our workstations, in restaurants, and in our cars. Food is a natural facilitator of social bonding, and in this short podcast from NPR, Shankar Vedantam discusses that eating the same foods with others creates feelings of trust and improves cooperation. So, next time you have a group project or just want to build a little social wellness into your day, make an intentional effort to share a meal or snack with your colleagues, friends, or family. 

Tags:  February 2017  Food  Worksite Wellness 

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