Why We Eat Lunch Together as Co-Workers, Every Day
You are what you eat—but what about how you eat? Take the weekday American lunch. In a culture that glorifies busy-ness, the simple pleasure of sitting down for a meal, whether alone or with a friend or colleague, has taken a back seat. Eating at your desk is no longer an unpleasant phenomenon—for many professionals, it has become a habit. In fact, for many, taking time out for lunch indicates inefficiency and laziness. The lunch break has been redefined as an inconvenience.
However, here at Slideluck—a community building slideshow and potluck dinner that takes place globally—lunch lives on. Every day, whether at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m., we all gather at the kitchen table to sit down for a proper, home-cooked meal seasoned with pleasant company and good conversation. The best thing about it? We all come away from it feeling happier, rejuvenated, and inspired—not to mention full.
As Aldous Huxley said, “A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will’s freedom after it.” Simply put, there is something about coming together and breaking the metaphorical bread, which has value beyond unabated productivity. If anything, it enhances it.