Family Matters

Well-being relates to relatives.

Your family is where you learn who you are and how to relate to others. It plays a vital role in fulfilling the human need to belong and have close, long-term relationships. Whether you are a child, teen, or adult, family experiences can promote or hinder your well-being.


Tips to foster family well-being:

•  Live a healthy lifestyle together.

– Plan for, shop, and eat healthy foods.

– Exercise as a family if you can. Or, promote physical activity suited for each family member.

– Get enough sleep.

•  Plan to eat at least one meal a day together. Have each person talk about his or her day, such as stating the best part and worst part.

•  Spend time together. Attend important events for each family member.

•  Express care and concern. Be available to help each other out. Listen, listen, listen.

•  Practice good manners. Say, “Thank you” and “You’re welcome.” Make it a practice to send thank you calls, notes, letters, or emails to others for gifts and other acts of kindness.

•  Express affection. Say, “I love you,” “I care about you,” and “You mean a lot to me.”

•  Discuss the value of the family as a whole. Encourage individual expression and development.

•  Define clear, yet flexible roles for family members. Assign family chores.

•  Keep the house as organized as possible.

•  Discuss the need to adapt to changes and deal with stressful events.

•  Seek professional help for problems the family cannot deal with on its own.

Factors that promote well-being:

•  Being well cared for and feeling secure

•  Receiving trust, love, support, and hugs

•  Spending quality time together

•  Listening well to each other

•  Solving problems in a positive way

•  Positive mood of family members

•  Satisfaction with job and/or being a parent

•  Being involved with partner and children

•  Higher income and/or financial security

Action Step

This week, let at least two family members know how much you love them. Visit or call a relative who is alone or would be happy to hear from you.

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