The Importance of Marriage and Family Traditions

It turns out that keeping up your traditions is an important part of family and personal mental health. The research shows over and over that traditions are statistically linked to family strengths and family satisfaction. Family traditions help to span and unite generations. They have the byproduct of families gaining greater feelings of closeness, belonging and connections. Family traditions help to preserve the family story. Strong families tend to create even more traditions. Traditions are helpful when things are not going well and when there are things to celebrate. They form a sense of security. When things are not going well (I have lost my job, for instance) the stability of traditions create a place of security and say that not everything is going wrong, I still have my family. It is good to remember all these qualities of resilience that grow from family traditions. When you think about how you react to Christmas family traditions, and the many benefits of family traditions, have you been valuing your family traditions the way you would want to? Your family traditions and your response to them need to reflect where your heart is.go forth and be wonderful – I am cheering you on!

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