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Relationship: What You Need To Make A Really Happy Family

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A happy family is one of the most very difficult thing to state or describe, since there is nothing like a typical family anymore as everyone possess their own unique character and as a unit, all have strengths and weaknesses which comes into play when setting family goals. Like in setting personal goals, you need to take a look at your current situation regarding your family to allow you to identify what you want to achieve and then how to set goals to achieve it. So start with your family tree! For you and your partner, draw tree branches to your immediate family, mother, father and siblings, extended family (grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces) and of course your own children. Include stepfamilies too as these are becoming more and more common, and have their own set of problems and opportunities.” Now looking at your family tree, start jotting down what you think is going well with your family relationships, and what you think needs a little (or a lot) of work. Perhaps you don’t visit your parents much because they live in the village or probably in another state. Maybe you have step relationships that are strained. The key is to identify what you want to work on so that you can start setting up that happy family.
Regardless of the makeup of your family, all families generally want the same thing ‘to be happy’. And this is the number one family goals set by millions of people world wide. But how do you achieve it?
Research by the Family Strengths Research Project has identified the following universal characteristics of a happy family:
Communication – Families benefit from open two-way communication that is loving, understanding and patient.
Sharing activities – Happy families share activities together.
Togetherness – Children need to be involved in some of the decision making if they are to feel like a worthwhile family member. Happy families share a feeling of togetherness.
Support – Happy families support and encourage each other.
Affection – Happy families show their affection for each other.
Acceptance – Families are made up of different individuals with different needs and, sometimes, different values and beliefs. Happy families are able to show acceptance of these individual differences.
Commitment – Happy families have a genuine commitment to each other.
Resilience – Happy families show their resilience.
If you imbibe these traits into your household daily, you are well on your way to enjoy a blissful family relationships.
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