Take me to your heart
Feel me in your bones
Just one more night
And I’m comin’ off this
Long & winding road

I’m on my way
I’m on my way
Home sweet home…

These words from Motley Crue’s hit from the 80s, Home Sweet Home resonates with the minds of just about everyone on their way back home. Be it on the way back to your country from a foreign assignment, on the way back to the home town during the holidays or even on the regular, mundane drive, back home from work.

Life without a family is agonisingly brutal for most of us. The warmth and familiarity of the faces which we have seen since the first time light entered our eyes is unparalleled. Like Guardian Angels, watching over us, helping us get up whenever we fall and cleaning the dusty knees thereafter.

Let’s face it; we are nothing more than perishable objects, without someone taking care of us on our arrival in this world. Despite all the odds, our family takes care of our well being, and tries its best to provide us with the greatest comforts in the world. It gives us a highway with no one on it, a river in the time drought, a harbour in a raging tempest. All the promises which family makes, last from the cradle to the grave

It doesn’t require a sharp memory to recall those days, when our parents spent sleepless nights to ensure that we feel homely, get well or ease our burden. No one out there, except our family forgives the endless number of blunders we committed in our life. Apart from teaching the forgive and forget lessons, our family is always there when we need them the most.

The lessons learned within the household during the formative years, via observation or teaching, stay with us forever. The family is the first institute where we were taught how to cope up with the physical world. In fact, psychologists state that children learn most of the things in life from their family. After all, we all inherit some(if not most)qualities from our parents.

Even when we migrate from one place to another, we carry our family values with us. In fact, our family is responsible for our identity. Values imparted over the years serve as a basic premise for our actions in life. As such, individuals with extended family enjoy more benefits than a person who decides to lead a solo life. A person with a family receives an emotional edge, which often results to professional success.

During hard times, everyone in the family benefits due to the holistic nature of the relationship, especially during events of great tragedy. On the opposite spectrum, the joy associated with success or any other happy moment is magnified by family. Everyone out there is able to reap the benefits of one person’s success, whether it’s a birthday, a new business venture or any other milestone in life.

Research has shown that individuals in supportive social relationships are happier and healthier and live longer than those who are socially isolated. Recent findings suggest that supporting or helping others may be just as beneficial to health as receiving support. They also state that individuals who provided instrumental support to friends, relatives, or neighbours and people who provided emotional support to their spouses had lower five-year mortality rates than individuals who didn’t help others or didn’t support their spouses.

So go on, spend some quality time with your family and start feeling much better. Start it today, start it right now. Don’t wait any longer, Carpe Diem!

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