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North Americans, why rush your meals?

As a generalization of North American culture, I would say that everyday meals are not taken as seriously and not as appreciated; they are often really simple and often rushed. People choose to meal prep, which is essentially eating leftovers. They choose to eat on the go, literally not even sitting down. Meals are often just both made and eaten quickly. Broadly speaking, fast food is also very commonplace and more popular than in other regions of the world.


When I sleep and when I eat are almost nonnegotiable. There might be special circumstances where I would be willing to adjust a bit, but taking my time to enjoy my meals without rushing is extremely important to me; it is essential. It makes my everyday life better and help tremendously with my sense of fulfillment.



We all have 24 hours in a day. We would all benefit immensely if we took the time to figure out the aspects of life that are the most important and fulfilling to us, and then behave accordingly. The value of taking a bit of time to sit down and enjoy our meals is so underrated and overlooked in North America. It is also a way to spend time with family and friends, which obviously makes many people's lives better. Overall, life is probably more fulfilling for the average person once they start appreciating these smaller and more mundane aspects of day-to-day life.

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