Family dinners have always been an essential part of being Jewish. It comes with the territory. Researchers used results from a previous study on health from Canadian adolescents, and came to the conclusion – eating as a family encourages positive mental health.
Associate Professor Elgar stated “More frequent family dinners related to fewer emotional and behavioural problems, greater emotional well-being, more trusting and helpful behaviours towards others and higher life satisfaction.”
Elgar continued by stating that "From having no dinners together to eating together 7 nights a week, each additional dinner related to significantly better mental health."
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