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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