Friday, November 2, 2012

Family: Upsides or down?

You've heard often about families and their dysfunction. Maybe you've experienced it either in your family of origin or nuclear family. Or in your partner's family.

But there are so many important sides to family relationships, too. I just read a health newsletter from the Mayo Clinic that made these points:

* "Kids who are close to their grandparents are less likely to feel depressed in their teen years and in early adulthood."

* "Playing with children helps older adults relax and feel less stressed."

* "Children who play with their adult family members are often more creative than those who don't."

* "For adults in their late 40s, 50s and 60s, relationships with family members of all ages become even more important."

* "Relationships with brothers and sisters help shape how you feel about yourself. They can also affect how you adjust to life as you get older."

What do you need to do today to insure your health and the health of those you love? See if there are ways you can improve family relationships if they're not what you want. And if they are, celebrate that and keep making time for family.

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