How To Have a Healthy, Happy Family

No doubt, every family aspires to be happy and healthy.  However, today’s realities are far from this idyllic picture.   Happiness and health are a choice and a commitment. Although there is no magic formula to achieve good health and happiness, successful experiences and expert advice reveal a few a few tips on how to have a healthy, happy family.

  • Open those lines of communication. Make time for the family.  Have dinner or breakfast together.  Make this a habit at least four times a week.  Over food, make an effort to tell each other about your day and your interests, and encourage family members to do the same over family meals.  Engage in light-hearted or serious conversations over breakfast or driving your kids or spouse to school.  
  • Communicate positively and constructively. Be generous with praise and positive reinforcement.  Congratulate your kids on their successful projects at school.  Simple things like telling your spouse that you love her outfit today or that dinner takes exceptionally good today can go a long way.  
  • Respect each other’s individuality, strengths and weaknesses. Respect your spouse’s and your children’s respective personal space.  Be flexible with the members of your family and do not expect too much perfection.
  • Inculcate the value of personal responsibility at home among children by setting up a good example yourself.  Help each other out with domestic chores and concerns, notwithstanding office and school work.
  • Prioritize family time over time out with friends and work. This rule goes for both parents and children. Put a healthy limit to work and after-office-hours interactions.  Limit your children’s activities after school, but without depriving them of time to enjoy the company of their friends.  One way to do this is to set aside one day during the weekend exclusively for being with the family.
  • Spend quality time with your spouse.  A lot of times, couples tend to forget to keep the romance burning and get caught up with work and domestic concerns, often neglecting their relationship with each other. Go on a trip with your spouse. Do activities you both enjoy. Rekindle the things that brought the two of you together in the first place. Whatever it is you decide to do, leave the kids with the nanny or at your parents’ place.  Having a loving relationship with your spouse trickles down to the children.
  • Engage in activities you can enjoy as a family. Play with the kids.  Go camping together, or travel with the family.
  • Do not fight in front of the children. Strive never to let the kids hear you argue with your spouse as this may be potentially upsetting for children, and prone to be misunderstood by them. Apologize when they do and explain later that you have already patched up the disagreement with your spouse.
  • Encourage your kids to have a harmonious relationship with their siblings.  Do not add fuel to sibling rivalry which tends to divide the family and can become an issue in later adult life.
  • Encourage a healthy spiritual life. Try becoming active in your local church. Studies reveal that a healthy spiritual life makes up for a balanced personal and family life as well.


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