Happy Families

Nowadays families come in different sizes, with different beliefs, and ethnic backgrounds.  Modern society has reshaped the family stereotype, through the media and what not, and has shook up its foundations to what it is today.

Today, there exists families with two parents, a single parent, same-sex parents, adoptive children, step siblings, etc. Given the diversity of modern day families, we at The Perfect Male Blog decided to explore the most respected psychological papers and articles on families, in search for common ground in the concept of a well functioning, happy family. No matter what type of family one has.

There are noticeable differences between families which are happier to those which aren't.  Large or small, rich or poor, religious or liberal, families which are happy share many of the same characteristics. Happy families are generally healthy families and they don’t just happen by chance. The following are 7 essential aspects to a happy family

1 Communication

When researching  about happy people, communication is a rather ubiquitous and versatile trait. . Mastering this skill, will make you a better person in every aspect of your life.

Resentment, on the other hand, is one of the most crippling of emotions any relationship can have and resentment occurs when there is a lack of communication. Sharing one’s  thoughts, feelings, needs, and love for one another creates a sense of safety and security, which allows,a genuine environment within the household.

2 Focus on the Positive

Every single person has positive and negative traits, but one can choose where to place the most focus on. If a person only focuses on the negative of the people around them, then there is a good possibility he will see the world in a very bleak manner. If, on the contrary, the person focuses on the positive, there is a good chance that this will affect that person's perspective of the world in a positive manner.  Negative traits in people should be mentioned, but never should they be the focus of one's attention. Playing to the strengths of each other will make you an overall stronger family.

3 Respect

This trait refers to the esteem or sense of worth a person has for others. Without it, the environment in which it is found lacking, can turn into a rather somber place. It is crucial that families have an environment that promotes a sense of unconditional respect for one another. This allows people in a particular circle to see that they care for each other.

4 Focus on the Important Matters.

As a group of people that lives together, it is obvious that a times certain differences will arise between one another. Sometimes these differences are noninvasive and should be left untouched, while other definitely require to be addressed.
The important thing here is to think about where are one is going to invest one's energy. . If it's something that isn't going to matter after a short time, it's usually best just to let it slide, rather than to make a big issue out of it.

5 Empowerment

For a family to thrive, encouragement and nurture should be at its core. Not only by providing a safety net, but also by pushing each other to reach out to higher limits.

6 Let the Past Enrich the Future

Happy families are those who equally embrace their extended family. The older generations can provide great lessons for the lives of the young, and the young can help the elderly to remember how much hope and promise life still holds. Having interaction with one's extended family gives understanding and meaning of one's roots.

7 Have Fun Together

Family is not only about being able to coexist. Family is also about having fun as you all learn, discover and go through life together.

Go on vacation. Set time aside for a movie night. Show each other that life is not only about being serious and achieving things in life, but also about enjoying all together.

10 Ways on How to Have Exceptional Memory

From memorizing names at a social gathering to remembering the details of the theory of relativity, our memory can be our best ally and our worst enemy at the same time. Sometimes when devising our next big project we fail to connect the knowledge we have acquired in the past because we neglect to hold it at heart.

As follows, a list of things which can help you improve and preserve your memory, (in no particular order):
  1. Exercise: In a recent study at the University of British Columbia, it was found that regular aerobic exercise, appears to enlarge the size of the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain in charge of verbal memory and learning.
  2. Stop Smoking: It has been found in various researches, that non-smokers thoroughly outperform nicotine smokers. By all means, this habit tends to affect other aspects of life
  3. Eat healthy: They key in this case is to eat foods that are high in antioxidants. Such foods include fruits and vegetables, as well as salmon and tuna.
  4. Sleep: In order to allow a good memory consolidation, adults require an average of seven and a half hours of sleep each night. Still one must make sure that the sleep they are receiving is indeed quality sleep. For example, one can sleep 10 hours per night, but still not feel refreshed the next morning. This could occur when there are sleep-related breathing problems.
  5. Learn something new: The brain is just like every other part of the body, “either you use it or you lose it”. Challenging yourself to learn new things every day, keeps the wheels of the brain greased.
  6. Moderate alcohol intake: Alcohol can both harm and protect your memory, depending on the amount you decide to take. In any case, it is better to avoid alcohol, but if it is your choice to drink, then make sure that it is a moderate amount.
  7. Organize your thinking: On occasion, information usually comes in no particular order. It is imperative that one takes the time to understand and organize these ideas, in a matter that they will be easier to recall further down the road.
  8. Contain stress levels: Concentration is almost impossible, when one is under the effects of severe stress, and poor attention is one of the main barriers to storing memories effectively. Additionally, high levels of cortisol, which is the stress hormone, is known to affect the hippocampus.   
  9. Protect your brain: Whenever you are engaging in activities that may hold a potential for brain injury, it is best to always use appropriate protective head gear. The most common cause of brain injury is a motor vehicle accident; failure to use a seat belt significantly increases the risk of serious injury
  10. Feed your passion: If you are passionate about something, work on it. “Having an abiding passion gives you the impetus to pursue new knowledge and learning. It can also induce you to connect with other people who share your interest. And having something that makes your life worthwhile can help guard against depression and act as a buffer against stress, two causes of memory difficulties.
Do you know of other techniques which help improve your memory? Please share in the comment section below. 
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