How Is Cooking For Others Psychologically Beneficial?


In the current life situation, finding time to be in the kitchen to prepare a meal for the family has become an issue. But, if you have time, cooking for other people is not only enjoyable, but beneficial as well. Thus, one may choose to cook as a duty. We are often trying to find ways to fit cooking into our plans and this explains the mushrooming of simple recipes such as sheet pan meals, one-pot dinner and 2-ingredient recipes.

While easy recipes could help, what has been lacking ever since is the fun that comes with the actual activity of cooking. As it turns out, cooking, when done particularly for other people, brings about certain positive psychosomatic effects. Hence, these benefits are sufficient to pull us toward the kitchen.  Thus, it is not only a kind gesture, but more than that.


Doing something such as cooking for another person is a sign of kindness. Being humane makes people feel joyful and related.   According to a certified Master’s clinical social worker and culinary art therapist, Julie Ohana, cooking for someone else enhances both confidence and self-esteem to a big extent. “Hence, it forms a portion of what relates to the mental effects regarding your ability to perform an act you are much happier about,” she adds.

Apparently, when it comes to cooking, remember that you will be giving food to someone, and therefore being more concerned about their survival. Cooking for other people is fostering, nourishing and life supporting.

Cooking As an Encouragement


Michal AviSai, an MA in Art therapy graduate from Lesley College, asserts that extending a hand to others comes with a number of benefits.  “And most importantly, when it involves cooking, as providing for someone accomplishes a necessity for survival and thus, our sense of accomplishment does not only come from our being kind, but because we have been simply  supportive.” We have offered energy,” she adds. By simply offering them food, nourishment, a necessity for survival, you are actually being instrumental in your support; this is according to Mathew Riccio, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

“More so, being part of such an event may help to nurture  a feeling of trust, meaning, family, purpose, closeness, love and belonging. The point to note is that all the aforementioned are largely associated with enhanced joy, low levels of depression and improved health,” reiterated Riccio.

As such, cooking for other people links us to our families and others. According to Michael Pollan, cooking provides us with the meal and the meal brings us culture. Hence, having a sense of connection with others comes with more positive effects such as living for a longer time and enhanced joy.


Cooking As A Way of Creating Bonds


“In the event that you are cooking for another person, regardless their absentia during the act, it brings a feeling of love in the sense that you are conveying your intimacy and love for somebody.  It is an extremely friendly act.  Hence, by giving them something they possible crave for, you are actually expressing your support, backing, love for them and that is something that may actually improve health, development and love within families,” explained Riccio.

Making relationships and sustaining them is the most important part of living happily. As it is with food and water, relationships in humans form part of our basic requirements. And the relationships are strengthened by cooking for other people.  By cooking for others, you will be creating and approving a basic link. It may, thus, be a totally fulfilling and important act. This is according to Ayelet Barak Nahum, a culinary art therapist, a PhD holder from the Chapell School of Social work, Tel Aviv University. She added that the act offers an opportunity for social recognition and creates a sense of belonging in a society.


Cooking Is Self-Caring


Being more concerned about yourself and moving in to provide for yourself is very important. According to Nedra Shield, a certified independent clinical social worker, Northampton Centre for Couples Therapy, cooking has a certain self-care element. The most important thing here is where you feel happy and nourished when you prepare a great meal for yourself. As such, cooking can help boost confidence and self-esteem. Thus, according to AviShai, when involving yourself with children with social issues, cooking could amazingly help enhance their self-esteem. And notably, confidence is an essential portion of self-care.


Cooking is an Act of Being Mindful


It is likely that many of us are aware of the wonders associated with integrating mindfulness in our day-to-day lives. The benefits range from enhancing concentration to reducing stress to nurturing healthy standards of living.  According to Shield, there are actually many study findings that attribute a good mental health to mindfulness. Thus, being mindful when cooking can be very restorative; cooking provides an opportunity of being more attentive. Cooking and disruption are incompatible. The moment you lose concentration, you risk spoiling everything – step aside for a second and your onions get burnt.


Bottom Line – There is actually much we can benefit from just cooking but doing it for others comes with more. It is good to that food is a life necessity and having the ability to give it to another person is an act of life saving. So, why not save someone by simply cooking for them?


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