Have you ever read or heard about the Blue Zone Diet? The book talks about a handful of populations of in different regions that have the most centurions (i.e., people that live to be 100). That might not be everyone’s goal but it sure sounds cool to me. Granted, the types of rest, food and drinks they enjoy play a large part of this goal to be 100. However, one of the aspects that is cited as significant that I find incredibly interesting and less obvious are the socialization aspects of this formula. These groups of centurions all socialize and have a place/role in their community where they feel connected. It sounds to me like community and getting together with other people to connect helps you live longer.
Our local establishments play such a large part in community. We go there to meet friends, have birthday celebrations, wedding parties, business meetings and work functions. Having a place to host an event helps bring individuals together with their community and provides face-to-face time with people, a form of communication that seems to be few and far between nowadays with the over usage of mobile devices. Human connection is a major aspect of living a healthy life. There are communities of people getting together for walks, runs, hikes and then having a meal together. Dinning and hanging our together brings happiness to a person’s heart and they feel a part of an energy that one doesn’t get from being on their own.
So just remember when you smell the aroma of food cooking and hear the white noise of conversation around you, it is that very community that connects you. People go to restaurants and bars to celebrate life, friendship, relax and connect. Restaurants are so important to helping establish community so please support your local establishments for your next outing.