A happy family isn’t an accident, a result of superb luck. Instead, it happens by taking deliberate steps to ensure that everyone is happy and healthy. Everyone in a family thrives when they know what to expect from each other, and one way of building up rapport is through family routines.
Here are five ways to enhance the harmony in your home.
- Ease Health Issues
If a family member is not well, then healthcare isn’t limited to simply following doctor’s orders. There is plenty a family can do to help the person with a health condition manage their health better. There are many products available to ease the discomfort of all kinds of health issues. For instance, if a child has sensory processing hypersensitivity or an adult has arthritis, getting them a few pairs of seamless socks can make their lives much easier.
- Celebrate Life
We are here to thrive, not just survive. Unfortunately, the anxiety of work, the stress of difficult homework, and the tension from disagreements between family members can make it easy to lose track of the big picture–we are here to enjoy life. Making time for group activities, doing things for no other purpose than to spend quality time together, can bring a sense of lightness and joy into family life. Besides family outings to go hiking or snowboarding or camping, you can also have family nights where people play board games or even shared video games.
- Share Good Meals
While going out for dinner or having a special family meal once a week are great ideas, you can take it one step further and cook together. Preparing meals requires teamwork and coordination. It’s also a valuable skill for children to learn so that they can cook for themselves when they leave home. There is tremendous fun in deciding what to make, assigning roles, and enjoying casual conversations while cooking. Finally, of course, when everyone sits down to eat, they can all take credit for the delicious food.
- Show Appreciation
When family members show they value each other by expressing their appreciation for small favors, it creates an expanded sense of family well-being. While we are quick to be polite to strangers, we are often reluctant to be as courteous to our own family. Courtesy and appreciation go a long way toward making others feel valued.
- Exercise Together
Father-son workouts, mother-daughter visits to the local aerobics’ classes, and family hikes across hilly terrain all help family members relate better to one another. Exercising together as a family is a way of playing together. If the exercise is based on long-term goals, such as to build muscle or lose weight, family members can encourage each other along the way.
By creating a series of family outings, routines, and traditions, family members will bond with each other. Shared interests help reduce friction between, and when there are disputes, there will be a much stronger desire to reconcile differences.