The Powerful Benefits of Family Support

Family with grandfather

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.”-George Santayana, philosopher, poet, novelist

An Inspiring New Beginning

A couple of months ago, Little Lotus and I moved to live near members of our family. Upon moving closer to my aunt, uncle, and a bunch of cousins, I immediately began to understand the support system I’d been missing. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to be surrounded by family who see my potential, encourage me to take time for myself, and who I trust to take excellent care of my daughter. The support of my family inspires me to do my best, and I’m excited that my daughter will reap the benefits of family support as she grows.

The Benefits of Family Support

The well known African proverb, “It takes a whole village to raise a child,” resonates with so many people for good reason. The support of a loving family and community is essential, and it offers several vital benefits like:

  • Enhanced self-esteem and identity.
  • Members see the importance of their role in the group or the bigger picture.
  • Shared legacy and culture.
  • A sense of belonging, acceptance, and connectedness.
  • Shared caretaking responsibilities of children and elders.
  • Greater financial security through shared resources.

Remembering Where I Come From

In the short time I’ve lived near my family, I’ve been reminded of the strong line of people I come from and recognized my place in a long line of feisty, capable, big-hearted women. I’ve had a blast getting together with my cousins and their children (my little cousins) for play dates and parties, and I’ve loved being able to have a moment to myself knowing that my daughter is in good hands. I have always strived, but now I feel even more supported to spread my wings.

“Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.”-Susan Lieberman, author New Traditions

Positive Thinking Can Help You Feel Better Longer

Think Do Be Positive

There is power in positive thinking.

Have you noticed that some older adults continue to feel good and stay active well into their senior years, while others appear to age rapidly and experience increased health problems? Positive thinking may play a significant role.

Research published in Psychology and Aging, a journal from the American Psychological Association (APA), shows that while genetics and overall physical health play a part in how people age, positive thinking can also play an important role.

According to an APA news release, researchers found a link between positive emotions and the onset of frailty in 1,558 initially non-frail older Mexican Americans living in five southwestern states. This was the first study to examine frailty and the protective role of positive thinking in the largest minority population in the United States.

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