November is Family Stories Month, and the beginning of a time of year that can be a strain on fragile relationships. I once saw a cartoon by Betsy Streeter in which a man handing his wife the phone says, “It’s your mother calling to initiate the awkward family misunderstandings for this holiday season.” It’s our goal to help you keep your sense of humor through the days ahead.
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A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.
~ Ogden Nash
The Quirky Observation
Just in time for Thanksgiving leftovers:
The Quirky Fact
Dwelling on the past has negative connotations for many of us, but an old article in Scientific American Mind cited research that found, “Rather than being a waste of time or an unhealthful indulgence, basking in memories elevates mood, increases self-esteem and strengthens relationships.” It would seem, however, that a qualifier is in order, that is, people who tend to become nostalgic when they are feeling “low-spirited or lonely,” can regain feelings of being happy, loved and protected by invoking memories of times when they overcame adversity or were supported by family and friends.
Somewhat related was a finding that having a meaningful conversation with someone also builds self-esteem and feelings of wellbeing. So, go ahead and share your stories!