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Whether or not the family is a healthy, cohesive, and nourishing unit depends on the individual family members and the ways in which they contribute to it.
Being in good health has become a growing concern throughout our society. Great emphasis is placed on nutrition and exercise to keep our bodies slim, trim, and healthy. Unfortunately, somewhere between the sit-ups and the natural foods, we've forgotten that our family's "well-being" may also need a "checkup" and a "workout."
It takes much more than exercise and a balanced diet to keep a family "fit." Whether or not the family is a healthy, cohesive, and nourishing unit depends on the individual family members and the ways in which they contribute to it. Just as proper diet and exercise combine to make us feel, look, and function more efficiently, there are certain contributions each family member can make to help create a stronger, healthier, and more satisfying family life.
Some of the factors that characterize families with high well-being are: 1) a satisfying marriage relationship; 2) the sharing of family power; 3) open family communications; 4) accepting and appreciating each other; 5) spending quality time together; 6) managing conflict constructively; and 7) a good family spirit.