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10 Rules for a Happy Family

A family is said to be a fundamental pillar for society. There are countless depictions of happy families everywhere, how they look and how they handle stuff. Just what makes a happy family? We take a look at ten rules for a truly happy family.


Families and the relationships on which they are based all thrive on communication. All family members should have channels of open communication where issue can be raised and listened to. Good communication should be structured such that there is openness sand flexibility.

Enjoy an appreciate each other

This is really simple. Members of the family should learn to appreciate the little acts of kindness shown to them by other members. There should be a sense of joy and happiness once the family interacts. The parents should feel happy once the children get home and vice versa.

Show interest

It’s very easy to come home tired after a long day at work and have zero interest about your kids’ day. However, this shouldn’t be so. Take time to ask them about how they spent their day and share something about yours as well. This way, the children will always be looking forward to your coming home because there is something to share.

Have meals together

Family dinner is a very important aspect of a happy family. Try and make sure that most times every family member is available for the family dinner. Research shows that dinner time happens to be a great time to connect. The number of times you set to have dinner together will vary from family to family but any number from four will generally do.

Put family first

Your family should come before your friends, your relatives, your golf buddies and all. Have ample time with your family and bring up kids in a fun and loving manner. If you put other people before family, the kids especially will fill their needs for fun with sources outside the home and disconnect will be created.

Let children play

The modern world has placed too much of a burden on children. There are countless activities related to school that children have to do after school. Ensure that you limit these activities to a reasonable level creating time for family time in the evening. read more

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How your living environment affects your psyche

From your workplace to your home to anywhere else you spend a significant amount of time; the living environment will always impact your psyche. Various elements within the environment interact with your body, whether you are conscious of it or not. Let us take a look at how this happens.


Sunrays bring a feeling of optimism to a room while bright lighting schemes tend to heighten emotions. Avoid spending time in badly-lit environments. Badly lit does not necessarily mean under-lit but also over-lit areas. Natural light is also scientifically proven to improve people’s moods and should, therefore, be let into your living environment. When designing a living space, give the lighting aspect huge consideration since it will play what is perhaps the largest part in affecting your overall psyche.

Curves vs Hard Edges

You might never have thought that the tables or chairs in your living room affect your moods. Hard-edged furniture activates a fear of sharp objects and in general, appearance seems less friendly. Always aim to have objects with more rounded edges and curves. These instill a sense of comfort and safety in our minds. For existing hard-edged furniture such as living room sofas, make them more soft-edged by adding fur pillows.


After light, color probably plays the second most important role in the way a living space impacts our moods. The paint applied to walls in your living environment will always brighten or dull your moods. Some colors depict warmth while others are cold and serious. Spaces such as bedrooms and bathrooms should have these warm colors to help your mind relax.

Making it personal

We always associate places with what we can see that is close to us. It is the sole reason why pretty much every household has family photos, pet photos and so on. Personalize your living environment with items closely associated with you. Get a piece of art and let it hang on that wall, mount an A1 photo and let it sit on that boring mantle, make the space yours. Try to imagine spending days, weeks or months in an empty room that only had your bed, not very appealing, is it? read more

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