Don’t eat alone! 🍽
I have a secret! I don’t eat alone – neither at work nor at home 😉
Instead, I have lunch dates with:
👉🏼 My mom or my wife once a week
👉🏼 My friends or key partners to catch up
👉🏼 My boss, team or peers for a meeting
Also, I never drink alone. While I do not drink alcohol, I always share a warm cup of coffee or tea for:
👉🏼 Career conversations
👉🏼 Mentoring sessions
👉🏼 Quick update meetings
There is something special about sharing a meal or a hot drink with someone. I find it creates mutual understanding, greater trust & stronger bonds ♥️
Why is that so? We naturally open up when we eat together. It is part of our DNA as human beings to relate, connect & build relationships 🧬
Our internal barriers, masks & inhibitions naturally fall as we have a conversation over a meal. When we hold a warm cup of tea or coffee in our hands, we are more trusting as well ☕️
One more secret – In most cases, I listen more – 80% of the time is simply listening & holding the space with the person👂
Sometimes, I don’t talk at all – specially with my wife or mom 🤫 – For each one, once in a while I have a date where I only listen. This helps a lot in keeping the most important women in my life happy 😉 !
On the other hand, I totally respect the fact that many people like to eat alone as quiet time to recharge. For me, this quiet time is often in the morning when I meditate or in the evening when I wind down before going to bed.
Not eating alone works for me to build tight-knit relationships. What works for you?