Why Cooking Together Helps Your Relationship Last

A new survey from Calphalon shows the importance of cooking together.

Why Cooking Together Helps Your Relationship Last

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why the couple that cooks together stays together

Whether you’re engaged, waiting for a proposal, or already married, it is always important to find bonding activities to do with your sweetheart. For many, that means preparing and eating meals together. A couple is a team, and cooking dinner together is a great way to showcase that teamwork, as well as unwind after a long day.

Instead of using mealtime as the opportunity to catch up on each other’s day – when many people nowadays are using this time to enjoy a TV show – working together in the kitchen provides sweethearts with the space to enjoy each other’s company. Even for engaged or dating couples who are not cohabitating, taking turns making dinner together at one another’s homes is a charming version of date night. It also gives the two of you a chance to brainstorm what kitchen items you may want to register for in the future.

In fact, premium kitchenware company Calphalon conducted a survey and discovered that many Americans feel cooking is important to a healthy relationship. See some of their findings, below:

- A common refrain when providing relationship advice is that communication is an essential part of a happy marriage (the study revealed 98% of Americans agree), but what may be surprising is that the overwhelming majority of those surveyed believe that cooking together is a great way to foster communication as a couple (88% in a serious relationship, 94% engaged, 89% newlyweds, 84% in long-term marriages).

- According to the survey, Americans agree that cooking for your partner is a way to demonstrate your love (92% in a serious relationship, 88% engaged, 92% newlyweds, 87% in long-term marriages).

- While takeout might be an easy option, 92% of Americans think that home-cooked meals are an important part of connecting with their partner. Those surveyed also feel that couples that cook together, stay together, with more than 3 in 4 Americans (78%) believing this statement.

- Results from a national survey found that 87% of those surveyed believe that cooking is one of the top activities couples can do to strengthen their relationship; outranked only by traveling.

- When choosing items for their wedding registry, 91% of engaged adults agree that receiving items that allow them to spend quality time together is important. With cooking being a top activity that couples can do to strengthen their relationship, the Calphalon collection provides a variety of cookware, bakeware, cutlery, and kitchen accessories for the couple just beginning their culinary adventures to the seasoned cooking couple.

In June 2016, Calphalon, a leader in premium cookware and kitchenware, commissioned a nationally representative survey of 1,000 US adults ages 18 and older to understand how Americans feel about the influence of cooking on relationships. The survey also looked at how the attitudes about the traditional wedding registry are changing.