The sense of taste contributes to the ability to lead an inspired life but is something most take for granted. However, people who have no sense of taste, a partial loss of taste or a distorted/altered sense of taste miss out on the pleasure of eating. This can lead to a decrease in the quality of life, depression or excessive weight loss.
The enjoyment of the taste of food is part of psychological wellbeing. I certainly look forward to a tasty meal or snack. Sometimes I feel like something salty and at other times I want something sweet. At times something sour adds to the taste of food.
Sometimes I enjoy a snack or meal just for the taste of it. Preparing food can be inspirational and a way of expressing one's creativity and passion. At times I enjoy eating on my own, just concentrating on the taste,
Being able to enjoy food is important socially. Many of our social activities involve the sharing of food to one extent or another. It may be as simple as the sharing of a packet of chips or it may be a three course meal.
I often arrange to meet a friend for coffee. The pleasure of catching up would be diminished if I couldn't taste the coffee. Yes, I would still enjoy talking to my friend but we would not be sharing the enjoyment of the coffee.
It is nice to cook a meal and share it with others. Going out for a meal to a place where the food is great is a memorable occasion. The sense of taste is very important in enjoying social occasions and feeling bonded with others. Being with other people can be inspiring and the sharing of food is often part of the experience.
Food is closely interwoven with memories. We associate certain foods with particular people, holidays, events or times in our lives. All these things can be part of an inspiring life.
Enjoying the taste of food and drink is interwoven with other experiences and is part of living a full and inspired life.