Spend some quality time cooking together, and your stove won’t be the only thing that’ll get hot.
It’s a well-known fact that home-cooked meals are generally better for your health than consuming calories from canned foods. It may be a surprise that spending time in the kitchen with your significant other can be particularly beneficial for your relationship. If you are not really convinced, it is best that you read further so that you will get the full idea.
It Encourages More Bonding Time
“For someone who battles negative thoughts, worries, and is constantly bombarded with doubt, fear, shame, cooking can be a healthy outlet to bring peace and serenity into their headspace.” Justyna Wawrzonek, LCSW, LADC, said. Cooking together or helping the other in the kitchen is a great way to connect and bond with your partner. Aside from the fact that you are doing something together, you are creating something with the person you love. Together you get to appreciate the task and the product of both your labor.
Spending time together will enable you and your significant other to catch up with each other, converse over small things and just be together. Imagine how deep your bond will be if you do this every day. This kind of bonding is a lot more productive than just curling up in front of the television or dining it. Cooking in the kitchen is a lot less costly and more comfortable.
It Heightens Health And Happiness
According to studies, it was revealed that consuming more vegetables and fruits positively correlated to happiness and satisfying life. Similarly, cooking and eating wholesome and healthy meals increases self-esteem and improves your mood, which can only be helpful to your relationship. “Cooking helps mental health in that it can be a creative outlet. It’s a way to channel energy, can be used as a distraction, help build mastery in a skill, and a way to express emotions through a different medium,” says Counselor Nicole Lambert.
Other than that, you and your husband can go through the menu together and innovate ways in making your dish healthier for the both of you. This makes you both happy and feels healthy with whatever you come up with because of your food choices.
It Improves Communication
Cooking together improves communication. Actually doing any task that requires coordination and organization will keep both parties talking. You will then learn how to further communicate with your partner and even understand him without many words.
Not only do you keep talking to each other but you learn to sync in with your partners and coordinate even without much words. Eventually, you two will learn to “read” each other, and that elevates further your communication level.
It Gets You In The Mood
Cooking can be really fun. Anything can happen, and it goes to say that it can even turn you on. So frequently cooking with your significant other will further deepen your intimacy which will be very beneficial to the relationship.
You just need to be very creative and let your imagination roam around. Just let things pace naturally, and you will just find yourself surprised with what kitchen activities can do to your relationship. “Participating together as a couple gives the partners the opportunity to pay closer attention to one another and listen more intimately to their needs, wants, and dissatisfactions, thus establishing a closer bond and a more intimate connection.” Dana Baduna, PhD, LMFT said.
Also, while the aphrodisiac quality of certain foods has been debated for years, give some of them a whirl. You can try cooking anything from oysters to spicy food, both of which are known to get you in the mood. Whatever dish you decide to whip up, the fact that you prepared it together can lead to a spiced up relationship, even if you choose to skip the chili peppers.