Never Eat Lunch Alone

We all need a break, especially at work. Eating with colleagues create a rich environment that helps with productivity and stress

In a recent President’s Choice television ad, we follow a young millennial woman growing up. We see her as an infant getting breastfed by her mother; as a toddler she playfully darts through the kitchen pocketing snacks from her father; as a teen, the camera pans to her sitting bright-eyed across from a dinner date, followed by a scene of her among friends sitting on the floor (presumably of her first apartment) with takeout food as they share a celebratory meal. Infant to toddler to teen, she engages in life’s little moments, all captured by the sharing of food with friends, family and loved ones. Flash to the present. The young woman sits at her office desk. Eyes fixed on the computer screen in front of her, headphone wires dangling by her side, she looks at the sandwich in her hand and it dawns on her: she’s eating alone and everyone around her is, too. “We grow up eating together so why do we stop?” the commercial asks.

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WRITTEN BY
Denise Hansen
Denise Hansen is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario.