Today we challenge you to make a meal for someone.
Cooking for your family or friends is an act of kindness that has many benefits. Food builds connection, and connection, like water, is one of our basic human needs. Making food for a loved one is an act of intimacy. Even if they are not a part of the cooking process, feeding someone a home cooked meal can create a deeper bond. Michael Pollan said it best when he told The Boston Globe, “Cooking gave us the meal and the meal gave us civilization.”
Preparing food is an act of meditation and mindfulness. And good food is life-sustaining. Furthermore, cooking for a family or for people in need is also extremely beneficial. Perhaps you know someone who is injured, sick, or grieving. Having a health problem can make preparing healthy, nurturing food a challenge.
Additionally, consider making a meal for new parents or families in the midst of moving. Stress makes life harder. Making someone a meal is sure to remove some of that pressure. This article has tons of ideas about how to approach making food for someone going through a life changing event, particularly what to make and other useful tips.
“There’s a tremendous amount of confidence-boosting and self-esteem boosting, performing an act like cooking for others,” Julie Ohana explains. She is a licensed masters clinical social worker and culinary art therapist. “And that’s part of what lends itself to those psychological effects about being able to do something that you feel really good about.”
In conclusion, make someone a meal. It’s an act of kindness to feed someone’s body and soul.