Healthy family relationships are openly affectionate
Touch and words of love build everyone up. A healthy family shows affection to each other, may it be through hugs or high fives, or gifts or services. Love and affection can also be spoken or written. These regular displays of kindness and thoughtfulness are proof of love.
- Know the love language of your family and respect it. Your spouse may prefer you do the dishes over love letters, for example. Your teen may prefer a chat over coffee rather than a big kiss.
- Affection also means telling your family they can count on you for support. Show up at school plays. Offer to watch the kids while your spouse naps.
Healthy family relationships protect their members in tough times
When a family is strong, every member becomes resilient when times get tough. When people know they have a safe home, and when they are loved and supported, they can handle negativity, problems, conflict, and stress better. In particular, grief and loss can be a very emotional period wherein people need support.