People with strong and broad social relationships are happier, healthier and live longer. Close relationships with family and friends provide love, meaning and support. So, taking action to strengthen our relationships is essential for happiness.
Our lives are getting ever busier, so we want to make the most of the precious time we spend with our loved ones.
Quality time looks different for everyone; the main thing is to be completely present – that is, letting go of thoughts about work, or that bill that has to be paid – and to connect with each other.
A great place to start is by reflecting on what you loved about the last family holiday you took, or what activities you enjoyed with your family when you were growing up.
Some simple ideas are taking a walk together (which has the added bonus of ticking off your exercise for the day) or to cook a meal as a family. Create something together – whether it’s a painting, potted plant, or a short film. Share a favourite movie from your childhood. Engage with them about their hobbies – maybe that’s sport, music, art or the latest book they’re reading.
Ask yourself if there are any barriers to doing these activities, and how can you overcome them. For example, committing to leave work on time once a week (at the very least) to spend an evening together.
For more tips about making the most of family time, book a Breakfast at Epiphany’s event for your group.