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In 2022, resolve to spend more quality time at the dinner table with your family

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Our nature is to be part of a community and have close relationships with our families, friends, and loved ones. That’s why there’s nothing more beautiful than having a relationship with someone who is supposed to love you and actually does, and there’s nothing more painful than having a relationship with someone who is supposed to love you and doesn’t.  

As a counselor, I’ve learned some of the exciting breakthroughs in modern science that confirm what God said in Genesis 2:18: “It is not good for man to be alone.” It is the new age, which many call “interpersonal neurobiology”, or “interpersonal neuroscience”.  

These discoveries reveal that our minds are relational. Relationships are what make our minds work. Since birth, neurons are formed not only due to our genetics but also because of our interactions with other humans. Imaging allows us to see the brain react to human interactions. 

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Research is showing that interaction between humans has an impact on our biology. Relationships not only affect how we think, but can also alter the way in which we view the world and God. 

Think about the feeling of sharing your story with someone else and being understood. We know this experience of feeling empathy from someone else produces a calming effect in one’s limbic system that is similar to the effects of anxiety drugs like Ativan. Emotionally charged situations can make it difficult for the brain to utilize the strong, integrative neural networks of the middle frontal cortex. These circuits are involved in learning how to control emotions, increase flexibility, persevere and manage our worst impulses. 

Regular participation in family meals is a great way to help children learn and do better at school.

We are wired to be connected to our communities by the many benefits we enjoy from family meals that so many people have forgotten about. 

In a previous generation, families ate together so frequently that there was no need to even discuss how science and benefits were achieved. Experts are now focusing their attention on the incredible benefits families who share meals with one another, especially with technology and the broken American family. 

Family Dinner Project is an entirely dedicated to studying regular family meals. The project profiles those families that have been transformed by frequent eating together. Site offers recipes, topic ideas for conversation and suggestions on how to get people involved in the community. The site also explains some of the science behind the success of the family dinner. 

Here’s what we can learn from what they report: Children who are regularly involved in family meals learn better and perform better in school. They don’t just get better grades —they enjoy learning, and their happiness increases as they learn.  

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They have higher self-esteem because they know that their family is committed to each child’s wellbeing and security. Children who are able to eat together with their families tend to be more resilient. This is most likely because they hear other family members around the table talking about what they’ve experienced and how they conquered obstacles. 

You will be amazed at the impact a family dinner can make in the lives and relationships of your family. If you do this with your family whenever you’re able, it will change lives. This will change lives and transform others. Sitting around the table can make a difference in our lives.  

Our world is not alone in experiencing unimaginable trauma in their relationships. A Christian believes God loves each of us. Scripture says that God helps the lonely to find their families. I think God wants to help us all connect. The responsibility of becoming family for those without one is on our shoulders. Invite people to a dinner party or take-out meal. Listen to what they have to say and ask them how their day is going.  

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Relationships are our future, and they are what will solve a lot of the trauma that we experience in this generation.  

In this new year, let’s resolve to spend more time together around the table. 

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This op-ed is adapted from excerpts of Tim Clinton’s newest book “Focus on the Future. Your family, your faith and voice matter now more than ever.” (Charisma).

Source: FoxNews.com

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