Americans tend to grab and go in a culture where productivity is valued often even above our own health and well-being. However, other cultures take time to nurture themselves and one another, often through taking time for tea. England’s ritual began in the early 1800s when Anna Russell, the Duchess of Bedford, needed to eat before England’s customary late evening meal and asked her butler to bring a little bread and butter along with her tea. She soon invited friends to join her and a country-wide tradition was born. Taking time for tea is not just for duchesses or other cultures, but America as well. We’re beginning to catch on.

Are you?