We talk a lot about good manners benefiting society in a lot of ways, some of them subtle. Right now, we're going to focus on some more tangible results —specifically related to manners and meals.
Knowing how to set a table is a life and career skill, especially for those pursuing hospitality careers. All of us need to know how to set a table for guests at least once in our lives! But there are other benefits beyond that.
According to The Family Dinner Project:
• Keeping a conversation going over dinner is good for your health. It takes around 20 minutes for your stomach to feel full after eating, and a good chat with family and friends can replace mindless eating.
• Teens who regularly dine with their families are less likely to smoke cigarettes, use marijuana or abuse alcohol, according to a Columbia University study, while researchers at Harvard have found family meals encourage a child's language skills and may improve school grades.
• Family dinners increase healthy eating, and can reduce obesity.
If you want to have more family dinners but feel like you don't have the time or resources to get food on the table, or to get everyone together at once, check out The Family Dinner Project's tips on how to make it happen.
Come back tomorrow and learn how manners can help your community!