New developments in science are pointing to a major connection between social interaction and overall health. In a study from Harvard Health Publications, they found that social connections not only give us pleasure, but they also influence our long-term health. Dozens of reports have shown that people who have satisfying relationships with friends, family, and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.
That means that relationships could be the key to a long and healthy life. And what better way to connect than over a cold brew and great food? Although we are technically more connected than ever thanks to the internet and social media, ironically this has left many feeling less connected than ever – proving the old adage that quantity is not the same as quality. So it’s time for us to put down the phone and pick up the pint glass.
Eating out has always been a part of social activity. For generations, cultures have based their dining around bonding with family and friends through shared meals. Who you eat with has always been important in the social lives of humans. And now we’re discovering that it can also have major impacts on your health too.
Gathering with friends and family over a meal encourages us to be present in the moment, and to take time out of our schedules to focus in front of us, both on the plate and at the table. It is a time to relax, without having to worry about meal preparation or clean up. And it is also a time for conversation, laughter, and catching up, all of which can be positive mood boosters to help beat those winter blues.
The correlation is clear: eating out is a great way to socialize, and socializing can have positive effects on our mental health. Not to mention, Longwood has a number of health conscious menu items like the Harbour Salad featuring seared scallops over a bed of fresh spinach, or our succulent wild salmon that is seared and baked with maple balsamic onion glaze. That means by eating out at Longwood Brewpub, not only can you improve your mental health – but your physical health too.