7 Reasons Why Cooking For Yourself Is Just A Plain And Simple Joy

Cut that meat. Cut that meat.

Cooking can be something of a daunting task. After a long day of work, you're tired, you just want to melt into the couch while the TV blares something at you, and putting effort into what you fork into your mouth while that happens isn't the most enticing idea. That's understandable, but the positives actually far outweigh the negatives when it comes to cooking for yourself.

The situation is this: sure, it's easier to just order delicious food straight to your door, but there's something to be said about eating the same delicious food after you've made it yourself. The work isn't work if you don't look at it that way — cooking is only a pain in the *ss if you don't have the equipment to do it right. All you really need for a basic kitchen is a sturdy cutting board, a couple sharp knives, a few solid pots and pans, measuring cups and spoons, and cooking oil and you're ready to go. Suddenly a world of opportunity opens up, and all you have to do is fill it with delicious ingredients and a little concentration.

So buck up and get ready for some phenomenal, self-affirming activity. Here's why it'll pay off big time:

1. It's cheap.

Cooking consistently instead of going out for every meal will save you a ton of money, even in just a week.

2. It's meditative.

Put on some music, get to chopping, and you'll see pretty quickly how relaxing the "effort" of cooking can be.

3. It's a creative outlet.

At first, cooking by sticking close to recipes is a smart idea. Eventually, though, you'll find ways to improve upon dishes or change them in ways that suit your tastes. The kitchen is a cook's canvas, through and through.

4. Food tastes better when you cook it.

Because your blood, sweat, and tears went into it. Not literally.

5. It's impressive.

A shocking number of people don't even know how to make boxed mac and cheese. Once you get to a certain level, you'll really impressive friends and families with your skills.

6. Leftovers.

If you're cooking, why not make a lot? Plenty of leftovers means you can eat for multiple meals and sometimes leftovers taste even better than they did when first cooked.

7. It's fun.

Who doesn't like fun?

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