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25 Simple And Creative Ways To Cheer Someone Up

25 Simple And Creative Ways To Cheer Someone Up

Life can get pretty rough sometimes and there is nothing worse than seeing a friend or a loved one in pain. Follow one or two of these easy tips on how to cheer someone up and make someone’s day better. You’ll feel good for having made the effort and the person being cheered up will learn how much you truly care.

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    1. Listen Up

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      When life gets overwhelming it helps to have someone willing to listen. Sometimes, a person just needs to vent. Allow the person you know to air out their problem. This does not put you in the position of solving the problem for them. There are times when a solution may present itself simply through talking to someone else. Your job is to listen and then let it go.

      2. Give Hugs

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        It sounds so simple, it’s stupid. But hugging someone truly relieves stress and can make another feel a lot better. Hugging is a great stress reliever for both parties and is very helpful when there are no words. Research shows that oxytocin, a chemical that is a natural stress reliever, is released in the brain when hugging. A hug conveys loving care when mere words just won’t do.

        3. Give Them a Handwritten Note or Card

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          Whether you are near or far, a handwritten note or card can be very meaningful. It shows you are paying attention and the card can be referred to again and again by the person who really needs a word of encouragement. You’ll also be demonstrating to someone that you cared enough to take the time to write out an encouraging message and send it. Take a few moments from your day to let someone who’s hurting know how much you care.

          4. Have a Chuckle

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            The old adage, “Laughter is the best medicine,” certainly applies here. Help your friend or loved one to a good laugh at the situation. After all, nothing, not even pain—to paraphrase Charlie Chaplin—lasts forever. Use puns, jokes, or sarcasm to help another crack a hearty smile. Laughing just makes a person feel better and a good laugh might help to put a new spin or perspective on the situation.

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            5. Make Them Dinner

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              Click the link above to find foods that relieve stress. Plus, there is an added bonus to sharing food with another person; it gives them a chance to relax and perhaps more comfortably share their problem. Budgets are understandably tight these days, so the meal need not be expensive. Breaking bread with someone can be very calming, soothing, and relaxing. It may also help get the person’s mind off their troubles.

              6. Share a Walk

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                Walking has a multitude of benefits, among them walking is a stress reliever. Taking a stroll through the neighborhood may be just the right thing for the person you know who needs cheering up. A walk is free and getting a little fresh air is very beneficial. Walking has a way of soothing nerves and serving to help someone who is tense to relax. Just the thing for someone who is experiencing a temporary set back.

                7. Have a Movie Night

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                  Gather some favorite snacks and share a movie. Click the link above for a list of movies that are sure to tickle the funny bone. If tears are in order, by all means grab a box of tissue and find a sad story. Sometimes, tears can be as cathartic as laughter. Or choose a movie, such as Steel Magnolias, that is a good mix of comedy and drama. Either way, a movie is a good way to help someone who is troubled take their mind off of the problem for a while.

                  8. A Spa Experience

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                    Having a spa day need not be expensive. The above link provides tips for a DIY spa day treat. A spa day can be a real treat for you both. Relax, unwind, and simply enjoy one another’s company. Treat yourself and a friend or loved one and essentially “stop the world” for an hour or so. You’ll both feel relaxed, refreshed, and simply pampered. A spa day is just a great way to hit the ground running again.

                    9. Volunteer Together

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                      Believe it or not, offering to volunteer is a great stress reliever. Research has definitively proven that volunteering helps a person sleep better, gain a new perspective, and raises self-esteem. There are many opportunities to lend a helping hand. Tutoring, homeless shelters, or any favored charity are all great places to get started. Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of a shared experience with someone who really needs the lift.

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                      10. Host a Staycation

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                        Have a getaway without going anywhere? Yes, it is indeed possible. Treat your pal or loved one by doing a thorough house cleaning. Or pack a picnic lunch for just the two of you and visit the local park. If there is a national park nearby, so much the better. Take an afternoon to enjoy the sights in your community that you may have otherwise taken for granted. Explore the nearby community for hidden treasures, you may be surprised at what you find.

                        11. Do a Simple Remodel

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                          Redecorating need not be expensive or time consuming. The real plus here is that a simple project can bring worlds of pleasure and a brand new perspective on things. Something as simple as rearranging furniture can bring a whole new look to a room. Raid the local secondhand store for used dinner plates and hang these to bring a new look to a room. Purchase some inexpensive frames and frame a child’s artwork to brighten a room.

                          12. Do Some Gardening

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                            Working with plants and the soil is relaxing and a fantastic stress reliever. Team up and do some gardening, to which there are a number of benefits. You will be benefiting the environment, as well as sprucing up the home. Physical exertion is an added benefit, to help sleep better. Leave the phone inside in order to disconnect from the world; unwanted calls can be distracting and increase stress.

                            13. Ask Open-Ended Questions

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                              Sometimes it helps to allow a friend or loved one to expand on their problem and a possible solution. Asking open-ended questions in order to enable a flow of ideas. Help by asking and by listening in return to relieve stress. You will assist the person through developing a sense of ownership of the problem and in developing a resolution to it. You will both benefit through increasing and strengthening communication skills.

                              14. Brainstorm

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                                Sit down and allow the ideas to flow freely when seeking to resolve the situation. Take a piece of paper and write down ideas as they come without judgment. The key here is to write down ideas freely. Some may be silly and that is an absolutely perfect opportunity to spend some time giggling about a situation that is seemingly overwhelming. Brainstorming provides an opportunity to think about a problem and its possible solutions.

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                                15. Be Silly

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                                  Take time to just be silly. Try the Schwarzenegger Soundboard to make silly messages for one another. Play a game of charades together. Tie an old pantyhose leg to a belt loop, drop in an orange, and try to knock a second orange past the goal line. If there is snow, go ahead and team up to build a silly snowman for the entire neighborhood to enjoy. Dress it up or down, it doesn’t matter just have a little fun.

                                  16. Don’t Sympathize, Empathize

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                                    Feeling sorry for someone is no help. There was a time when you struggled and felt defeated. Use these feelings to put yourself in their shoes. You know how it feels and it feels very bad. Communicate your willingness to listen, while avoiding allowing the person to wallow in their mistake. In fact, your experience can help guide the other person back to being happy and productive.

                                    17. Cry It Out

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                                      There are benefits to allowing the person to cry it out. While it may sound counterproductive, allowing someone to grieve their disappointment or loss often leads to better feelings. Having a good old-fashioned cry is a wonderful stress reliever. Negative emotions are released, making room for more positive thinking and feelings. Shedding tears has been found to release more than negativity, it has also been show to release poisons in the body.

                                      18. Go Shopping

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                                        “Retail therapy” is sometimes disparaged. Give a quick lift by doing a little shopping. The spree need not be expensive. Set a budget and hit up secondhand, consignment, and thrift stores. Spend time together and purchase something that is entirely frivolous. If money is a problem, purchase and return the item later. Veer away from purchasing anything that is a “need.” This trip is all about a want, just remember to help your pal or loved one not to go overboard with spending.

                                        19. Help Set Goals

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                                          Setting goals can be a tremendous help to someone who needs cheering up. Achieving small accomplishments can also lead to clearer thinking and mood improvement. The goals need not be complicated, but rather remain simple steps to achieving a set goal or objective. Sit down and help write out some achievable goals, such as planning a get-together. Anything that may prove to be productive is the key.

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                                          20. Simply Be There

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                                            Sometimes all you can do is simply be there and that is absolutely fine. Listening and caring is worth a great deal to someone who needs to be cheered up. At times, there are simply no right words in the moment that are soothing and not potentially inappropriate. Being generous with your time says volumes about how much you truly care. Time is an important commodity and the person you care for knows it.

                                            21. Be A Friend

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                                              While it may seem simple, being a true friend is not always easy. Listening and caring for another takes time and energy, both well spent when investing in another person. Your friend will come to find this is only a temporary setback and one that can be conquered with loving support. Indeed, you are that loving support. Be a good friend and help another through by listening with an open mind and heart.

                                              22. Make An Appreciation List

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                                                Sometimes it becomes easy to indulge in all that is going wrong. Cheer someone up through helping to show them what they have to be grateful for. This will help the person feel more grounded, more connected to the world around them and to you as a dear friend. Cultivating an appreciative attitude has been proven to lower depression, increase energy, and reduce insomnia. Even when life is at its lowest, there are people and things to be grateful for. Help through making a list of those things.

                                                23. Distract, Distract, Distract

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                                                  Spend time away from the problem. Cheer someone up through providing a pleasant distraction. Dust off a board game, play some cards, or simply talk about something else. This presents an opportunity to relax and take some “time off” from the problem. Certainly, this is only a temporary solution; at some point the problem may simply go away or must be tackled. However, that decision can and probably should wait. Now is the time to free up the mind and think of something else.

                                                  24. Seize The Problem

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                                                    Sometimes the best solution is to help a friend or loved one face the problem head on. In other words—help! “Take the bull by the horns” and tackle the problem. The person in need of cheering up can “borrow” some of your strength and insight to find a workable solution. A forward momentum can also help the person get “unstuck” and move forward. While it is impossible to change the past, it is entirely possible to move ahead with confidence.

                                                    25. Think Positively

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                                                      It is easy to wallow in self-pity. Help a friend lift themselves from that pit through the power of positive thinking. Redirect energy and focus toward moving forward, away from useless negative feelings, thoughts, and emotions. In this way, you will provide a boost of positive energy, enabling the person to stop the downward plunge into depression and ultimately loss of momentum. Try to find the “silver lining” in the situation to assist in moving forward.

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                                                      Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                                                      Can a Dysfunctional Family Become Functional?

                                                      Can a Dysfunctional Family Become Functional?

                                                      A dysfunctional family is more than disagreement or constant arguments. Anything from plain neglect, to abuse and even verbal and physical violence is the everyday experience of those who are part of a dysfunctional family.

                                                      You know how this looks:

                                                      • Parents constantly comparing children.
                                                      • Siblings in conflict because of tolerated bullying.
                                                      • Domestic violence.
                                                      • Adultery…
                                                      • And many others.

                                                      For all the members, this will mean emotional pain and even trauma; which, in case it doesn’t get resolved, will have a detrimental effect on the individual’s personality and development.

                                                      Needless to say, the younger members are the most vulnerable, but that doesn’t mean the parents are out of danger, as most commonly the parents play the roles of abuser-codependent, and in some cases, both parts inflicting pain on one another.

                                                      Most like to think these problems stem from deep-seated issues, and that therefore it’s pretty much impossible to deal with them.

                                                      This is only true for families not willing to do what it takes, for if only a single member is determined and knows how to do it, the whole family can do a lot of progress.

                                                      In this article, I’ll break down for you the basic steps of fixing a dysfunctional family. Although it may seem hopeless, it is possible to turn things around.

                                                      If you have ever felt in this position, or if you know somebody who is, this article is for you.

                                                      How to fix a dysfunctional family

                                                      In a few words the solution for a dysfunctional family lies in dropping the ego, focusing on the solution, switching blame for responsibility and doing the work as a unity, for the good of the whole family.

                                                      And this will accomplish things you once only saw as a dream.

                                                      Dropping the ego? Switching blame for responsibility? Doing the work? What does all this mean?

                                                      It’s simple. In a nutshell, it’s that which will allow you to turn a dysfunctional family into a functional one.

                                                      Let’s take a look at how exactly this can be done. And near the end we will also talk about what you can do in a dysfunctional family with cynical traits.

                                                      Dysfunctional families where not only problems are well-known, but also nobody seems to want a fix or openly decide to perpetuate the harmful behaviors. Such as the case of abuse and physical violence.

                                                      There is also a solution for these, it’s just not what you are expecting…

                                                      Dysfunctional… Or just average?

                                                      Most families are dysfunctional, though at varying degrees of dysfunctionality.

                                                      The milder cases, are just marked by “typical” comically-shrouded bullying or lack of interest in other members’ development or wellbeing.

                                                      You can know a family is dysfunctional if their interactions are anything different than cooperation, solidarity, care and support. But let’s get more specific…

                                                      A dysfunctional family is one in which members directly or indirectly suffer emotional and/or physical harm inflicted by other members of their family. Most commonly, perpetrated by the parents.

                                                      Even harmful actions as “passive” as neglect, which is inflicted by inaction rather than action, signifies a dysfunction within the family.

                                                      Dysfunctional families have conflicts such as:

                                                      • Unrealistic expectations
                                                      • Lack of interest and time spent together
                                                      • Sexism
                                                      • Utilitarianism
                                                      • Lack of empathy
                                                      • Unequal or unfair treatment
                                                      • Disrespect towards boundaries
                                                      • Control Issues
                                                      • Jealousy
                                                      • Verbal and physical abuse
                                                      • Violence and even sexual misconduct or abuse

                                                      You may think a dysfunctional family has very little or nothing to do with personal productivity, but you would be wrong in thinking this way…

                                                      If a person is not emotionally well, she will not be able to perform as desired, as the emotional harm that has been inflicted will hinder everyday performance in the way of inability to concentrate, lack of mental clarity and low levels of inspiration, motivation and discipline.

                                                      Having a functional family does exactly the opposite: It creates productive members with no emotional baggage.

                                                      How to turn it around

                                                      When you’re part of a dysfunctional family you know it. You can quickly identify in other members the behaviors and conflicts that create the dysfunction.

                                                      But just in case you’re having trouble telling functional from dysfunctional I will tell you the following:

                                                      One of the easiest ways you can recognize if you are in a dysfunctional family is to survey your won feelings.

                                                      We often overlook this, but have you stopped to ask yourself how you feel?

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                                                      As cheesy as it may sound it really sheds a lot of light on the subject.

                                                      What behaviors, actions and attitudes in your family you wish were better?

                                                      Do you think certain behaviors and actions from your family marked you in the past?

                                                      Sadly, we cannot go back to the past to correct it. But we can do a lot in the present…

                                                      Correction is possible

                                                      In order to fix a dysfunctional family, you must start by putting an end to the behaviors and actions that are affecting you.

                                                      Verbalize it.

                                                      All members of the dysfunctional family have one issue in common: They don’t put a stop to the harm.

                                                      Whenever you feel your boundaries being overstepped there is just one single word you have to remember: STOP.

                                                      This is the door to a better, more functional family, because after this, comes the fix.

                                                      But first you have to identify and make others know where exactly lies the problem.

                                                      So go ahead and fearlessly start with “Stop”, followed by your expression of dissatisfaction.

                                                      Putting it to work in real life

                                                      In real life it would be something like this:

                                                      “OK, stop! Every time you belittle me I feel you don’t care. I need attention and respect, and it is your responsibility as my family to provide them to me”

                                                      Or:

                                                      “Stop. When you compare me with my cousin it hurts, I feel like I don’t matter and that’s not ok. I ask you to stop doing it.

                                                      Or:

                                                      “Please stop. When you start yelling all respect is lost and it turns into a battle of who can do it louder. Don’t raise your voice and let’s work this out the way humans do”.

                                                      As you can see, here you start by putting a stop to the toxic behavior when it arises. And afterwards you verbalize why it’s wrong and what needs of you need to be fulfilled.

                                                      This is what you have to remember:

                                                      1-Stop.

                                                      2-Why it’s wrong?

                                                      3-What you need.

                                                      And this will also work well in case you need to do it for another family member.

                                                      It’s a family thing

                                                      A dysfunctional family cannot be fixed by one member alone.

                                                      Yes, a single member can initiate progress and be the leader of the change. But in order to completely become functional all members must contribute to the solution.

                                                      In other words, you will need cooperation…

                                                      So don’t be afraid of asking for it!

                                                      Approach your family member and ask to be listened.

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                                                      We sometimes feel our needs are “not that important” or we simply believe they won’t listen. But thinking like this would be like being defeated at an unfought battle.

                                                      You will be amazed by how much people listen when you voice your needs, especially if it implies showing yourself open, vulnerable and in need.

                                                      It’s not a free-for-all battle

                                                      In order to get your family to cooperate, first you must fix your individual relationships with every member of the family. Remember: Relationships are always between two people, and two people only.

                                                      No matter how complex, the quality of a multi-member relationship (like a family) will always depend on the quality of the individual relationships.

                                                      Once you have straightened the relationship with every member of the dysfunctional family you will be able to better communicate with other members and help in the betterment of their individual relationship.

                                                      And this is where we will talk about the fix itself. The one I mentioned in the introduction…

                                                      The method

                                                      1. Drop the ego

                                                      Wherever there is conflict there is ego.

                                                      You cannot fix a relationship where there is ego, because the ego will want to win. Always. Yours and the other person.

                                                      Ego craves control and satisfaction, and in many cases, to establish dominance.

                                                      What does this have to do with a dysfunctional family? Everything. Ego will interfere with every plan you have to fix it.

                                                      It will make people suborn and defensive. And it will also make them drop responsibility. This is why, the first step is to drop the ego.

                                                      After you make sure you are not going to allow your ego to interfere you must work to make the other person do the same. How? By speaking from the heart…

                                                      Tell the other person how important all this is to you.

                                                      Tell the other person that it’s not a matter of arguing, but just working things out together.

                                                      Point out how it is not possible for you to do it alone.

                                                      And ask for sincere attention without any desire of opposition, because what you are doing is by no means in the hopes of harming the other person, but just to better the relationship and stop the damage being dealt to you.

                                                      You will have to point out the mistakes you need corrected, that’s for sure. And that leads me to the next point…

                                                      2. Not blame, but responsibility

                                                      When talking about others’ mistakes we often use an accusatory tone. And that’s natural, it’s what things should be like if ego was not present.

                                                      But since we are all creatures of ego, this immediately brings the shields up. And then unsheathes the swords…

                                                      When we blame others they automatically enter a defensive state, and this only leads to a failed negotiation.

                                                      What you need to do is to shift from blame to responsibility. And even that will have to be done carefully!

                                                      Instead of telling them off or demanding change or complaining, calmly point what the problem with their behavior is.

                                                      As much as this feels contradictory, also make them feel understood. You know how difficult it is to accept a mistake, so just make them feel it’s no big fuzz… which does not mean it’s ok, but it takes tension off.

                                                      You will do something like this:

                                                      “Hello dad. Can I talk with you for a minute? I really need to tell you something.

                                                      I have been feeling pretty sad lately and I know this is something you do care about.

                                                      You see, whenever I talk about my accomplishments you mention something else that makes my achievement pale in comparison.

                                                      I know you don’t do this intentionally and I know you might have not realized this until now, but I want to let you know this really brings me down.

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                                                      It would mean a lot to me if you could stop doing it, and it would help better our relationship, because this has already forced me to distance myself from you. And I don’t want that, I want a good, healthy relationship with you”

                                                      What happened here?

                                                      We started off with making it something important, something that needs both time and attention. Then we openly show ourselves vulnerable, just as we are.

                                                      We also mention why he should listen, and shove our feelings there again, because they are important.

                                                      We describe the issue with no attachment and with no hostile intention. It’s just a description.

                                                      And then we take the blame off. Just before we assign responsibility without actually saying it.

                                                      You are not blaming him directly, but you are pointing out the inevitable fact that his actions are causing a dysfunctionality. He is now responsible for changing.

                                                      This is what “switching blame for responsibility” means. What comes next? Doing the work!

                                                      3. Doing the work

                                                      What would any of this mean if, in the end, nothing changes? Exactly, nothing!

                                                      This is why you must follow up with every change that needs to be done.

                                                      Do so in a manner that is not hostile. Bring it up in a casual manner, and emphasizing how you both reached an agreement and how that is important to the family.

                                                      If the person doesn’t follow up don’t hesitate to bring it up again, and tell them you feel disappointed that your honest try at it was not listened.

                                                      It may even be a subject in itself, and therefore the need for another conversation.

                                                      “When you go back to old habits it shows that you didn’t really care about what I said. But back in real life you just reinforce how much contempt you show towards me and my feelings.

                                                      I talk with you because I care. Because although it would be easier for me to just distance myself from you I rather do my part in nurturing this relationship.

                                                      But there is just so much I can do, if you refuse to do your part I can do nothing else.”

                                                      You need very clear and positive communication in order to make this work.

                                                      Love is all you need

                                                      You must remember that in order for a dysfunctional family to become functional, all the work needs to stem from love.

                                                      That is the single one requirement for all this to work: Love.

                                                      And what happens if it simply is not there?

                                                      What happens if, nobody is willing to do what it takes?

                                                      What happens if a member of the family refuses to change and is happy with the harm he or she is dealing?

                                                      There is only one thing you can do:

                                                      To break away.

                                                      Let’s be honest, people, especially adults, are very difficult to change.

                                                      There is a Jewish proverb that I love, which sums it up like this:

                                                      “We spend the rest of our lives trying to unlearn what we learned before we were 7”

                                                      If you find it very hard to change the very traits that make your family dysfunctional or if it’s simply impossible, you still have a card up your sleeve…

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                                                      Although nobody likes to beak away from family members, we must remember we have a responsibility with ourselves as individuals, before any relationship with anyone.

                                                      You have the responsibility of making yourself happy and free. Because you matter as an individual, regardless of any relationships you have, be it family, friendship or romantic.

                                                      Putting distance

                                                      So in case you are dealing with a family member who is simply unwilling to change take both physical and emotional distance.

                                                      What do I mean?

                                                      Learn, first, to take their damage in a detached manner.

                                                      Don’t let it hurt you further. Instead take a deep breath and distance yourself emotionally.

                                                      Don’t be attached to feelings such as “Why doesn’t she love me?” or “What did I do to deserve this?” or “If he wasn’t like that my life would be perfect”.

                                                      Simply refuse to keep participating in the emotional downward spiral and accept, even if it’s painful” that there is nothing you can do. Accept that even without that relationship you are whole, you are worthy of love and respect.

                                                      They are their responsibility and you are yours. So decide what is best for you.

                                                      Realize it only comes down to two possibilities:

                                                      I keep the relationship and therefore accept the abuse. Or…

                                                      I choose my peace of mind.

                                                      And don’t let your mind fool you. We often think that since we all are imperfect, we must take the good and the bad behaviors of people. And we are especially forgiving towards our family…

                                                      Well, guess what? We are also responsible adults who are aware and must own to their acts. Never excuse abuse or violence or transgression towards you or anybody else.

                                                      Choose your happiness and if possible, also distance yourself physically, as it will increase your peace of mind tenfold.

                                                      How to prevent it

                                                      There are two key concepts you must bear in mind in order to prevent the dysfunctionality of a family:

                                                      • To be completely aware of one’s own mistakes and not allow them to impact others and…
                                                      • To make sure our SO’s are also on the same channel before creating a family (i.e. having children)

                                                      Dysfunctional families are the product of irresponsible paternity, for the decades-long unresolved emotional conflict ends up surfacing in the family inevitably, and it will for sure harm those who least deserve it: Innocent children.

                                                      You may notice we went from talking about family, to talking about individual relationships, to talking about you. We went from “them” to “us” to “me”.

                                                      Why? Because in the end you have the power to fix a dysfunctional family. To correct the mistakes you have in yours and to prevent dysfunctionalities if you don’t have a family but plan to create one.

                                                      Priorities and clear thought

                                                      You may be part of a dysfunctional family, but that does not mean you are powerless or that you have to suffer the consequences.

                                                      You learned today how it’s all a matter of priorities and thinking clearly.

                                                      You learned that, if love exists, everything is possible. You learned that even when there is no love and no fix for your dysfunctional family, there are still things you can do. It’s a matter of choosing your peace, because you deserve it.

                                                      Everything will be better if you apply this knowledge. If you talk to that problematic family member. If you help them see the harm they are doing. If you make sure they do change and treat you the way you need to be treated…

                                                      If you choose yourself over that toxic family member. If you refuse to justify the harm that others can do to yourself. If you realize the most important relationship you have is with yourself.

                                                      And lastly, that you also have to be aware of your actions and be open to criticism. Because we might be unknowingly harming others. And that would be us creating a dysfunctionality. Don’t allow it to happen.

                                                      Dysfunctional families are not impossible to fix. It just takes love, cooperation and responsibility.

                                                      But if you tried and those elements are not present, just choose yourself instead.

                                                      Featured photo credit: Xavier Mouton Photographie via unsplash.com

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