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Sustainable Happiness by Sarah van Gelder

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CHAPTER 12 Share Meals with Loved Ones

Katherine Gustafson

When the 10 Garcia-Prats boys got together every night for dinner, they shared more than food around the table. They talked about the successes and frustrations of their days. The older boys helped the younger ones cut their meat. They compared their picks for the World Cup, a conversation that turned into an impromptu geography lesson.

Their mother, Cathy, author of Good Families Don’t Just Happen: What We Learned from Raising Our Ten Sons and How It Can Work for You, strove to make the dinner table warm and welcoming, a place where her boys would want to linger.15 “Our philosophy is that dinnertime is not just a time to feed your body; it’s a time to feed your mind and your soul,” ...

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