Want a stronger family? Eat dessert together, a study suggests

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Want to improve your connection with family members? Break out the dessert.

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According to research out of England, dessert might just be the catalyst for stronger family connections and good memories.

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Research conducted by psychology professor Geoffrey Beattie of Edge Hill University suggested eating some sweets with family members can create benefits well beyond the dinner table.

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Their survey revealed children who eat meals as a family were more likely to succeed in life, make better grades, have higher self-esteem, and were healthier overall.

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These next statistics really take the cake:

  • More than a third of the people in the study said dessert created better dinner table experiences.
  • 65% said eating dessert with family made them happier.
  • 75% said they felt more relaxed before, during and after dessert.

The study was commissioned by Coppenrath & Wiese, a bakery in Glasshoughton, England.

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