I truly appreciate the important social and emotional value of stopping to think and talk with people, especially over food. The habit/ritual of fika I think is an important one of mindful breaks and letting your brain unwind, something both introverts and extroverts can appreciate.
It’s so much more than an opportunity to consume caffeine. It’s a moment to slow down and appreciate the good things in life. As explained in “Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break,” written by Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall: “Functioning as both a verb and a noun, the concept of fika is simple. It is the moment that you take a break, often with a cup of coffee, but alternatively with tea, and find a baked good to pair with it. You can do it alone, you can do it with friends. You can do it at home, in a park or at work. But the essential thing is that you do it, that you make time to take a break: that’s what fika is all about.”
more at: Why we should all embrace fika, the Swedish coffee break : TreeHugger