No family is blissfully happy all of the time. That is just not how life works, as there are always challenges and issues that will crop and have to be dealt with. However, in the game of family happiness, there are some things you can do to tip the odds in your favor. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Be more, do less
One way that you can help tip the scales in favor of happiness for your family is to get a good balance between doing things together, and just being. Of course, having fun family days out at the beach, theme parks and museums are great, but you need some time to just be together too.
A time where you don’t have to be on your best behavior or striving to achieve something. A time where you can really connect and just be in each others company without the demands of the world weighing on you.
Different families have varied strategies for doing this, of course. Some enjoy duvet and DVD days where they stay in their pajamas and chill. Others like to spend time as a family outdoors in nature, hiking or picnicking in places of beauty. Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter what activity you pick in the end, as long as it facilitates some restful time as a family group.
For some families, their happy time is spent in nature. Image link
Teach an attitude of gratitude
Teaching the kids an attitude of gratitude is another way that you can increase your chance of winning at creating a happy family. The reason for this is that by taking the time to appreciate the things they have got it is much easier for the kids and the rest of the family stay positive, even when going through trials and challenges.
It also creates an excellent foundation for strong relationships between family members, as they learn to look for the good in each other, and appreciate that. Something that can help smoother over family disputes or differences of opinion.
To foster an attitude of gratitude in the family, some parents like to get the kids to partake of the tradition of writing thank you notes when someone has done something particularly kind for another, or when they have received a gift. Others choose to have a verbal or diary gratitude practice for the whole family. Kind of like when you go around the table at Thanksgiving and say what you are grateful for, except a lot more regularly.
Unconditional love is another way that you can really increase an atmosphere of joy and happiness within the family. It also makes perfect sense, because, as much as we’d all like to be perfect, none of us actually are. A situation that includes us, parents, too!
Offering Love not based on compliance or achievement then is a valuable thing. Not only because it builds self-esteem and confidence, but it stops the family being controlled and split by judgments and expectations. Two things that can definitely interfere with the happiness of all its members, if it’s left unchecked.
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.