The Importance of Family (Global Family Day, Jan 1)
As social media and technology become a more prevalent aspect of our everyday lives, it can be difficult to remember the importance of connecting with your loved ones. However, humans are a social species, which means that we are at our best when we feel loved and connected to the people around us. This is why family is so important to every one of our happiness and overall wellbeing.
Today’s American culture has become more and more individualistic, and the results of our disconnect have been drastic. One report found that 36% of all Americans struggle with experiencing “serious loneliness.” Loneliness has been linkedto a multitude of health struggles, including:
- Substance abuse
- Child abuse
- Sleep issues
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Personality disorders
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Poor health
The Benefits of Being in a Healthy Family
The benefits of being part of a healthy and loving family are endless, especially in today’s society. Some of the benefits of a healthy family include:
Feeling Safe and Comfortable
When you are part of a healthy family, you know that your loved ones will always work to ensure that your basic needs are met. Minors or other members of the family who cannot properly provide for themselves can be comfortable at home knowing that they will always have their needs taken care of. This comfort and safety significantly reduce the stress that many other people face every day.
We all go through rough patches in our lives. It is an amazing feeling to know that you have a support system readily available to help you through these rough patches, no matter how bad they get.
Children are Happier and Healthier
When a family unit is healthy and happy, the children of the family will benefit greatly. This is because happy, healthy families tend to eat healthier, get outside more, and take time to connect with each other daily.
Children who come from healthy families tend to be more independent than those who do not. This is because children from healthy families have been taught how to handle disagreements or conflicts on their own, be confident in their choices, and build resilience when faced with difficult situations.
If You or Your Family is Struggling
No family is perfect. We have all experienced hardships and conflict. If you or your family are experiencing familial issues, there are options available to you. If your marriage is struggling, you and your family unit may benefit from seeking marital counseling. If you are experiencing issues as a family, you all may benefit from seeking family counseling. If you are experiencing personal issues that are impacting your relationship with your family, have become estranged from your family, or are struggling with feeling alone, there is help for you, as well. Seeking therapy may help you work through the difficult thoughts and emotions you may be dealing with, helping you begin your journey to happiness. We are here for you. Contact us today.
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