Many claim that family is the most important ‘thing’ in the world. We can’t help but agree with this statement. We often forget just how important each of our family members to us because we’re so used to their presence. The time we spend with family is precious and essential. Therefore, we should do our best to cherish it and make it meaningful and fulfilling for everyone. Here are some of the best ways to further strengthen family relationships.
Hobbies for All
Finding hobbies for everyone is a simple concept. Further, doing things together makes everyone closer. It also gives you plenty of exciting things to talk about and bond over later. When you have a mutual hobby, it’s easy to spend quality time together. You can still manage to have fun even though you might be busy. It doesn’t have to anything complicated. You can play a game every Tuesday night, watch movies on Sundays, have a picnic once a month, etc. Alternatively, you can build something together or spend a day up-cycling some of your old clothes or pieces of furniture.
It’s no secret that meals are more important than we give them credit for being. Several studies show that adolescents whose eat dinner with their family are happier and are better adjusted. In certain cultures, sharing a meal is still considered sacred and for a good reason. When you eat together, you have a chance to enjoy delicious foods and share stories. When you share a meal with your family, it gives you a chance to talk about your day no matter what kind of meal you’re having – it’s equally beneficial if you’ve ordered a pizza or prepared a three-course meal. Put your phones away and try to listen to each other carefully while the meal lasts.
Work on Your Problems
No matter how close and happy families seem to be, there are times where relations seem frayed. Tensions can arise from issues in the past that you have not dealt with, or difficulty getting along with each other. Things like that happen: people fight, they get divorced, they get angry and don’t get along. Instead of pretending that things are peachy, you should address these problems and work on making the situation better. You can always apply for family mediation services. Having trained professionals by your side will help your family to solve your problems healthily.
It’s official – laughter is actually a great family medicine that can help you bond and feel better. Laughter is a great way to lower your stress levels, but it will do more than that – it will also boost your immune system and make you more resilient and healthier. When you laugh, your body releases endorphins, and as a result, you feel good, cheerful, and happy. These are just some of the reasons why you should laugh together with your family! Watch funny movies, tell anecdotes, recall funny situations from the past, and tell jokes – even when they’re bad. Laughter is a great way to relieve tension and help you bond but remember – laughing together is what makes you closer while laughing at each other will divide you further.
Every once in a while people deserve to treat themselves with something special – a small trinket, a big piece of chocolate cake, or a good old night out with family. People are extremely focused on work and providing for their families these days, which is amiable, but it also makes life a bit boring and mundane. Why not break the habit and take your family out to dinner rather than cooking at home? You can also go out to eat ice-cream after dinner or prepare a meal and go to a nearby park to make a picnic. Treating yourself and your family for all the hard work you’ve been doing will make everyone feel good, and this can be seen as a reward and motivation for the future.
Encourage Each Other
The world is here to watch your every move, snicker behind your back, and doubt you every step of the way. Your family, on the other hand, should be the greatest source of love and support, and they should motivate you to keep pursuing your dreams. It’s easy to lose confidence and motivation when you hit obstacles and difficulties on your path, but this is why the family is here – to encourage you and to help you remember why you started something in the first place. Family members who support and encourage each other will help each other overcome insecurities and drawbacks.
We seem to forget that, good things take time and need plenty of patience in order to stay good – the same goes for family relations. It’s easy to think that your family members will always be there for you to support and love you, but it isn’t difficult to show genuine interest in their lives and support their decisions. Not only will it help them feel appreciated and respected, but these seemingly small and innocent actions will do wonders in strengthening the relationships you already have with your family.
About the Author
This post was written by Audrey Taylor. Audrey was born in San Francisco and moved to Adelaide at the age of five. Marketer researcher and social media manager on hold, full – time mommy of a cheerful two-year-old. Graduated from Queensford college, worked in a couple of marketing agencies across Australia, eager to learn more about business and share her experiences. Traveled across Europe. Her hobbies include home decor, fashion, travel, music, old movies. If you like what you see here, follow Audrey’s Twitter @theaudreyworld