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Why Food Pilgrims Will Wait Four Hours For A Taste Of The Sublime

Studies show that waiting for an experience can boost our happiness, as can talking about the experience afterwards.

"You get pleasure from the meal itself. But in people’s memories, the wait is part of the experience. That’s part of what people are talking about," says Amit Kumar, a doctoral student of psychology at Cornell University who studies the relationship between money and happiness.

Waiting gives people the opportunity to look forward to something, he says: “It’s whetting the appetite.” And it gives people to opportunity to bond with fellow foodies.”

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