Upicnic | New York City's Newest Social Trend: Picnicking

New York City's Newest Social Trend: Picnicking

BY DANIELLE
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8/12/2016

There’s one thing that people keep forgetting about the art of picnics: picnicking is a COMPLETELY social activity. It’s often overlooked by the constantly overpowering (yet glorious) aspect of food and nature thriving as one. But that’s not all there is to a flawless picnic experience. Bible *Kim Kardashian voice*

And sure, you can feast by yourself and hog all the food and games, but what’s life without ranting to someone about your first world problems or squealing like prepubescent girls together about Dr. Avery and Mark Sloan from Grey’s Anatomy? This is my area of expertise as you can tell. And I have lots of friends. Cue effective ethos :-)

Here is a simple outline that will help you realize why picnics are important to becoming more social, why it is considered a social activity, and how you can use picnics to create rapport as strong as covalent bonds.

Bonding over food creates unbreakable, purely invincible relationships. I’m talking about the type of friends who are so equally dedicated to Chipotle that they keep going back one bite after another, knowing that if one of them dies from e.coli, everything would still be ok. I hope you have friends like those already, but if not - this is your chance! Or maybe you and your friend(s) are one of those I-want-to-look-healthy, acai bowl-loving gym rats (good for you guys, seriously!) who have to Instagram and Snapchat your healthy habits. Don’t forget the occasional chocolate chip cookie that will wreck your body (just kidding). Whatever the case- friends who eat together stay together. The next time you guys plan a picnic, it’ll be easy to choose and agree on foods that satiate all of your stomachs! And then you can all talk about it, gram it and tag each other, and so on.

Fun, proactive games will encourage you to flail your arms in the air (like the big, dancing inflatables at car dealerships), get off your buttocks, and test your teamwork skills - which FORSURE will leave you with better social skills. Games require a lot of work. Fun work! Sometimes, you have to communicate with your teammates, gain a sense of their character in relation to your own, and figure out a plan or strategy or unique synchronization to beat your opponent. Or maybe you have to play poker face while passing a frisbee in the opposite direction or vocally call out a volleyball that you’ve promised you’re going to catch. Whatever the game or play, cards or balls, standing or sitting down, I can guarantee that doing something active with your picnic mates will generate all sorts of camaraderie, laughter, rapport, and warm feelings (hopefully not too warm).

Theme your picnic! Make it an event - big or small. Get creative, be down for whatever. Whether it’s all about an HBO show, loving dogs, High School Musical, hating tomatoes, I don’t know. But, finding a unifying quality or trait to your picnic can help everyone contribute to creating a friendly, totally sociable atmosphere. It will definitely help break the shells of some of you introverts! You should feel super comfortable and relaxed at a picnic that especially caters to your occasional (or daily) thoughts and provokes agreeable perspectives. Awkward icebreakers meant for college orientations are no longer necessary - hallelujah! Even large parties can be close-knit with the right overlapping interests, hobbies, tastes, and/or viewpoints.

Now can you see why this social aspect of picnics is so vital? Picnics are meant to help create special feelies, build great friendships, and bring you closer to those around you, through various different channels (games, food, etc.) Feel free to comment any other reasons or suggestions as to why or how picnics are meant to make you more sociable :)

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