- Eat dinner together – Actually it doesn’t have to be dinner, it can be breakfast as long as you all sit down together and eat. Children of families who eat together have lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, better mental health, higher grades, and lower rates of obesity.
- Have a meeting once a week – Set aside 10 minutes once a week to have a family meeting. Agenda – What is happening this week, what went wrong last week and how you can do it better, something good that happened to everyone last week, and feedback from everyone?
- Know your story – People who know their family story have higher levels of life satisfaction and are more resilient. The reasons for this include: being part of something greater than yourself going back multiple generations, knowing that previous generations have undergone misfortune, and knowing that you’re part of a family no matter what.
- Experiences not things – The more materialistic people are, the lower their level of happiness. The more time spent with family and friends the higher their level of happiness. So spend your money on holidays and other things done collectively as opposed to ‘things’ and activities done individually.
- Get outside – People who spend time outside have lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, than people who don’t. Maybe you can even combine 1 and 5 and go for a hike and a picnic.
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