Strengthen Your Family Bond

Strong family bonds don’t always happen naturally. But you can most certainly create a strong firm foundation that will strengthen your family’s relationships even in hectic day-to-day living.

Eat Meals Together

Studies have shown that eating meals together helps reinforce communication. Choose a few nights during the week when you expect everyone to gather around the dinner table. Don’t allow phones or other electronics, either. Just eat a meal and have a conversation together. If you unable to get together as a family for dinner because of busy schedules, try breakfast.

Do Chores as a Family

Make cleaning your home or caring for the yard a responsibility of the whole family. Create a list of chores and have everyone sign up. Set up a time when everyone can tackle their chore at the same time. If your teens need a little more flexibility, give them a deadline to have their chore completed. 

Create a Mission Statement

It may seem a little corny or too business-like, but it works. A family mission statement can remind every family member about your core values or what you love most about each other. It is simple and fun to develop as a family and it’s a great project for family night. Place your framed mission statement in a predominant place in your home. Read it and talk about it often. 

Have Family Meetings

Family meetings are a good time for everyone to check in with each other, air grievances, or discuss future plans like holidays or birthdays. These can be scheduled events or you can make them impromptu and allow any member of the family to call a meeting if they feel the need. Start each of these meetings by reading your family mission statement. If you have a large family, you might also want to begin by asking if anyone has something for the ‘agenda.’ Write down what everyone wants to talk about and go through them one-by-one.

Encourage Support

Family support is important and you can build this bond that will last your kids a lifetime, even when they’re your age and after you’re gone. Encourage everyone to learn about things that are important to everyone else and to support each other through good and bad times. Share when something goes well at work. Ask your teen how their test went. Celebrate achievements and reward good behavior by doing something special together.

 

Baby steps are a start and they count! Watching a series as a family can open the floor for conversations, laughter, opinions and point of views.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: verywellfamily.com

How Festivals are Saving the World

 

How Festivals are Saving the World

With social media on the unstoppable rise and the introduction of the Artificial Intelligence era,  people take to interacting with one another in the virtual world more and more as opposed to real time interactions.

 

People communicate with each other via social media platforms, chat messages and special apps on their smartphones. But face-to-face interaction is becoming something of the past.

Society on the whole is suffering. 

But is social media and AI really to blame? Can we really say they at fault?  People are busy, right? Time is money and money talks. But lets be honest. New technology has made it possible to mimic human interaction without even being in the same room. In today’s modern world, things are changing and machines are overpowering us making us more gadget-dependent. 

Just imagine what would happen if you were made to stay all alone at some place for a long period of time without your phone and any kind of interactions with people? Just give it a day and any normal person would be exhausted of the loneliness. The reason behind this is that humans are social animals and we love living amidst people.

Socializing with people is such a healthy habit.

 

 

Various research studies are being carried out to understand the value and importance of socializing with striking results regarding a wholesome human being’s development.

Festivals allow people to put their smartphones away for a while, to do away with interacting on virtual media spaces and get down to real things in real life. Like letting go, enjoying live music, food and people. Festivals are a place where people go to let their hair down and get involved in the things that interest them, with the people that interest them, – out in the majestic open.

So, Go out, meet people, and see how festivals and socializing can change your worldview and your overall wellbeing.

 

Here are some benefits of socializing:

• Helps in building positive and constructive relationships

• Helps improve overall growth and development of an individual.

• Stress and anxiety levels can be reduced to great extent. Solutions to problems may be found in conversation.

• Exposes an individual to various kinds of people, their mannerisms, personalities, thought processes and so on. Socializing develops better understanding of human perspectives and attributes.

• Socializing is a great tool for the development of self-confidence and self-esteem.

• Evokes feelings of happiness and joy when experiencing family and friends in real life rather than online or on a screen.

• When you socialize you gain emotional, physical and spiritual comfort.

• health benefits as research reports have shown that socializing can help in preventing age related cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. As mentioned by SAGE, socializing enhances mental functioning, as the mind is kept occupied with real thoughts.

 

There is no denying the fact that chats, social media, emails and video calls are highly convenient modes of remaining connected to friends and family, but they lack human touch. And excitement.

Fact remains, Human connection is vital for a beneficial society. Help save the world and your youth and attend at least two festivals a year. You have nothing to lose. LIVE. LOVE. EAT.

 

 

Source: justbreathemag.com