You’ll be happier
Spending your lunch hour with friends or co-workers can erase the negative effects of a hectic workday. Releasing stress by venting about work, or sharing a laugh is a guaranteed mood lifter. “There are many positive mental health benefits that come from socializing at lunch as opposed to staying in a cubicle with your computer screen,” says Dr. Pipe. “When you interact with colleagues, you undergo a ‘mind scrub’ by talking about non-work related things – particularly if you’re outside and stimulated by sunshine.” You’ll feel happier, less stressed, and your work and home life will benefit from this more joyful, less frustrated you.