Looking for a new hobby or a productive way to spend your time? Cooking is a good activity to try. Here are some reasons you should learn how to cook.
Do you know how to cook?
If your answer is, “No, not really,” then you’re not alone. Cooking is a basic life skill everyone can benefit from learning.
As you might know, I wrote a bestselling book called Happy Habits.
Inside my book I share a range of habits which boost happiness. And cooking is one of my research-backed and highly recommended happy habit.
In this article I will explain more about why you should learn to be a good cook.
There are many advantages to being able to cook a delicious meal for yourself and others. Here are some reasons you should learn how to cook.
When you don’t know how to cook, you inevitably eat out far more often than you would otherwise. But thankfully you can learn how to cook on a budget. Even the prices of easy-to-make, pre-packaged meals can add up quickly. Buying your own groceries and making a home-cooked meal will help you to realize the differences in these prices. You’ll start saving money before you know it.
Feeling stressed out? Cooking might be the solution. Learning to cook can do wonders for your mental health—when you cook, you get to exercise your creativity and take a mental break from the other tasks of the day. The creative act of cooking can also help to improve your mood and give you a sense of accomplishment.
The only thing better than feasting on your own cooking is sharing the delicious food you’ve created with loved ones. When you know how to cook, you can express your love to your significant other or family with a carefully prepared meal or treat your friends or office mates to freshly baked goodies.
Making your own meals means that you can control what is put into them and can therefore control your diet. This is especially important for those who have certain dietary restrictions or are trying to reduce intake of a certain substance such as sodium or sugar. Be sure your cooking habits are healthy. Stay safe in the kitchen by choosing a range hood that fits your cooking style and using it during stovetop cooking.
Sure, your mom, dad, or spouse might be willing to cook most of your meals, but that doesn’t mean they should. Exercise your independence by learning to cook for yourself. Knowing how will come in handy if your family member who normally cooks isn’t around—you can even surprise them by taking over the task of making dinner one night!
The final reason you should learn how to cook better is the feeling of accomplishment that cooking offers. Even if you’ve had an unproductive day, successfully making a meal means that you’ve completed something of which you can be proud. Don’t get discouraged if your meals aren’t perfect right away! With practice, you’ll see improvement and soon you’ll be cooking more advanced recipes for yourself and others.