“Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.” — Michael J. Fox
Every family is a building block in the society we live in. In order to have a strong and loving society, we must ensure that it starts with the family.
Love is what keeps a family strong and intact. Without love, a family can’t stand the tests of time. No relationship can.
This doesn’t mean that because you have genuine love, conflicts would no longer arise. On the contrary, genuine love can be tough but is not conditioned.
Family love is a safe haven for unconditional love. Unconditional love means even if there are arguments and fighting at times, your love for each other stays the same.
The stronger the bond of love we can create within the family, the better and more loving society we can constitute. Here are some ways you can strengthen the love of your family.
10 Ways To Strengthen The Love Within Your Family:
1. Include some form of spirituality.
Whatever you and your family believe in, include some form of spirituality within your home and your interactions. Have a mutual ideal that you all follow, so even if your religions are different, you can meet at this ideal. The best ideal for unity is love.
2. Eat together.
The dining table is the best place to share exciting experiences. Eating together can be hell if your relationships are difficult, if you can’t handle each other. However, that’s exactly why eating together is important, it highlights all the areas you need to work on.
3. Let others feel loved and accepted.
When you interact with your family, it’s much more important to let them feel loved and be kind, than be right, even if you really are right and they are wrong. The most important ingredient is love and your relationship is about love, not about who is right.
4. Go somewhere together.
Taking a trip together, even if it’s for just one day, can bring you much closer. Sometimes it’s the environment you always interact with that stimulates bad behavior and irritates old wounds. Changing the environment can give you a different perspective of who they are.
5. Laugh together.
Spend time watching funny videos or movies. Go to the cinema. Play a game together. When you laugh with someone you are bonding with them on a deeper level. And laughing with your siblings can be more healing than you can even imagine.
6. Set strong boundaries for yourself.
In order to be open with our family and love them freely, without getting drained of our energy it’s important to have strong boundaries. You need to let your family know the importance of your boundaries. Show respect, trust and honesty so they can show it back.
7. Nurture the relationship with each other.
Have a weekly hang outs with your family. If you can’t do it once per week do it once per two weeks. Spend an extra bonding time with each member in the family to make them feel special. Take them on a lunch, drinks or go to the cinema. Maintain your relationships.
8. Don’t gossip or keep secrets from each other.
Keeping secrets within your family and gossiping is going to rust your family apart. Secrets and gossip create bonding but in a form of triangulation, you are bonding with one member while using another member as the topic for the conversation, as a punching bag.
9. Talk about things that matter.
Instead of small talk, gossip and shallow conversations, or topics that lead you to argue with each other, speak about things that are real. Speak about your feelings, speak about what really matters to you, what you are passionate about. That’s what family is for.
10. Do not try to change anyone.
Nobody is perfect. And yeah, some family members might function with an old, really outdated operating system. But it’s not your job to change them, it’s not their job to change you either. Accept each other with all your flaws and try to love who you are.
A home that is full of love is felt not only by adults but also by babies.