Solitude leaves a bad taste in your mouth. New research suggests food tastes worse if you’re eating alone, which in turn may have a negative impact on our well-being. Yet fixing that skewed perception may be as simple as looking into a mirror. When the study’s participants were faced with their own reflection, or even just a photo of themselves eating, researchers recorded an increase in declared tastiness and volume consumed. The results are provisional, but they nonetheless underscore our need to commune with others, especially at dinner.