Kick-Start 2018 with 7 Habits to Strengthen Your Family
A New Year gives us all a brief moment to pause, reflect and take stock of previous accomplishments as well as actions plans for new goals. As we determine prioritization of those things that matter most this year, our relationships should be in the top slots. And strengthening those relationships - particularly within our families - can not only help us achieve the rest of our goals, but even exceed them.
Here are 7 habits that will strengthen your family, and really - the world:
1. Create A Family Mission Statement. If Fortune-500 companies unite their corporations with a common focus and purpose, shouldn't the most important group in our life be unified in principles that create success?
2. Eat Together. Research links regular family dinners with lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy and depression, as well as higher grade-point averages and self-esteem. Regular family meals also lower the rates of obesity and eating disorders in children and adolescents.
3. Compliment Each Other. Scientific studies have proven that a person performs better when they receive a social reward after completing an exercise. In fact, the same part of the brain activated when a person receives cash is also activated when a person receives a compliment. Think of how you feel toward a person when they give you a sincere compliment. Now, go and compliment a member of your family.
4. Schedule Family Meetings. Plan consistent times when everyone meets to discuss ideas, needs and solutions and upcoming plans as a family. Setting aside time to counsel together allows kids a fair and respectful environment to share their thoughts and feelings. When everyone contributes, everyone is more willing to listen and then act.
5. Volunteer Together. Volunteering socially connects people. It contributes to lowering blood pressure and a longer lifespan. Not only can you strengthen your well-being, you can strengthen family bonds by engaging in good causes together.
6. Express Gratitude. Research provides ample evidence that expressions of gratitude improves physical and psychological health. Gratitude reduces aggression and increases empathy. It improves self-esteem and even sleep patterns.
7. Laugh Together. Laughter can establish or restore a positive emotional climate - which aids in promoting an environment of connectedness and communication. It also decreases stress hormones and increases infection-fighting antibodies in our body. And bottom line - it's fun.
Shine On. -Kimberly
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