How to Make the Most of Dinnertime
SPICE UP THE CONVERSATION
Is mealtime conversation with your family or significant other lackluster? Try these prompts:
- If you could be anybody currently alive for 24 hours, who would it be and why?
- If you had to give up one taste sensation (bitter, sweet, sour, salty or savory), which would it be and why?
- What is your earliest childhood memory? Why do you think it has stuck with you?
- If you could get on a plane and go anywhere in the world tonight, where would you go and why?
EAT LIKE THE GREEKS
The importance of socializing at mealtime.
On Ikaria, a Greek island, an abnormally large concentration of people live to be more than 100 years old. It’s one of the places in the world where people live the longest. There are many theories about why people here live this long—from their diet to work habits to air quality—but one of them is the way people eat. Ikarians always eat with other people—never alone—and treat meals as a time to relax and enjoy oneself. Mealtime is never hurried or seen as a burden but rather one of the peak times of pleasure in one’s day.
A LITTLE TV NEVER HURT ANYBODY
Our staffers share their favorite shows to binge-watch.
“I got instantly hooked on this show about women wrestlers in the 1980s. It’s a nice escape from the present day, where technology and devices rule everything.”
Sr. Production Designer
“This show became my updated version of Seinfeld—hilarious episodes filled with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, inappropriate humor and swipes at the political landscape, all in 30-minute capsules.”
A Different World
“When this show came to Netflix, I binged it three times, purely for nostalgia. I love it because it’s relevant no matter the year, culturally empowering and always funny.”
Digital Managing Editor
“It’s usually the last thing I do at night before I go to sleep. The show is comforting for me. If I have a stressful day, a sad day, whatever, I turn on Friends. It’s funny. It’s relatable. It’s happy. And it makes everything OK.”
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This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.
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Jamie Friedlander is a freelance writer based in Chicago and the former features editor of SUCCESS magazine. Her work has been published in The Cut, VICE, Inc., The Chicago Tribune and Business Insider, among other publications. When she's not writing, she can usually be found drinking matcha tea into excess, traveling somewhere new with her husband or surfing Etsy late into the night.
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