Chocolate is one of my deepest loves and being part of a community center with the name chocolate in it gives me good reason to look online extensively for unique brands of chocolate, luscious chocolate images and the latest and most delicious chocolate treat.
If only I could taste it all online!
Of course, I cant.
Online images just don’t give me the same kind of pleasure as when I actually get to taste its sweetness, breath in its aroma and the enjoy the happy effect oxytocin has on my nervous system.
I think it’s the same with people and relationships.
There is a rich and satisfying quality to being with another person face to face that we just don’t get through the internet or on our devices, and this quality is more than just a tasty treat.
Its something that nourishes our soul.
We need each other in a visceral way, our in person interaction feeds us on every level, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically – as there’s nothing like a hug from a friend to help lift our spirits.
Just like chocolate, there is a physiological response to being together in person and for women, research has shown that we crave that interaction more often than men. When we miss this in our lives we may experience loneliness, anxiety, depression, low self worth and even shame. Luckily, when we do have more in person interaction in our lives we feel more connected, optimistic, enjoy higher self worth, feel more in control of our lives and are happier overall.
Whether it is catching up on our lives, celebrating each others victories and gifts, cooking and enjoying a meal together, or just listening to one another, we crave the opportunity to gather, to share, and to grow together as part of a very real, very vibrant community.
Enjoying time together is a lot like enjoying a rich bite of chocolate, they are both oh so sweet!
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts. What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy the sweetness of chocolate and time with friends?
I am looking forward to seeing you all in person again very soon (mid to late July) on Tuesday mornings for favorite gatherings like TED Talk & Chocolate, Creativity, Connection & Chocolate, Craving Quiet and more, to share our stories, reconnect and expand our world together.