Open Your Heart to Family

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Each family is unique and special. Whether you stay in close touch throughout the year or only see each other during the holidays, make the most of your time together.

Share family memories.

Bust out the family photo albums and take a stroll down memory lane. Chances are you’ll be reminded of funny and heart-warming stories. Or, the differences between Aunt Ethel’s fashion sense “back when” and now will bring a smile to your face (and maybe a new-found appreciation for her to your heart). Sharing your family memories – whether it’s the time your sister first learned to drive a manual vehicle, or your dad was practicing his vertical jump and accidently hit his head on a lower-than-normal ceiling – is a great way to bring everyone together.

Give a little vitamin L.

Vitamin “love”! Love toward family can sometimes feel like a given, but it’s important to make sure they know how you feel about them. You can cook your dad his favorite meal, give your mom a handmade card with a loving message or treat your sibling to a movie and popcorn. Or, simply voice your loving feelings by saying, “I love you.” Whatever you choose to do, their hearts will surely fill with joy, and your relationships will be enriched.

Cultivate gratitude.

Whether you’re spending time with your family or enjoying a holiday event with new friends, take a moment to appreciate these nurturing relationships. As you lay in bed awaiting sleep, count your blessings by reflecting on the joy you receive from each person in your life.