One of my very favorite quotes about family is “Never forget who was with you from the start.” For me it’s a reminder of how much I owe to my parents, who not only brought me into this world, but who followed through by loving me, providing for me, and teaching me how to be a good adult. That’s also why another of my favorite quotes about family is “Love like there is no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again” (Max Lucado). Although it can be applied to many situations, it speaks to me deeply as a wife and MOTHER – taking the time and intentionally loving my kids BIG every day, and also valuing and treasuring the family I started with — my parents and my siblings — and making sure they know how much I love them and am thankful for them.
Quotes About Family
So, I was a little tickled, but not surprised, when I recently saw an article about a study that proves the more time you spend with your loved ones, the longer they’ll live. (Incidentally, there’s also a study that says that the more grandparents babysit, the longer they will live as well…SCORE! This is clearly a win-win situation!) Although the study isn’t ROCKET science, it IS science, and science that confirms common sense: loneliness has a negative impact on our physical health.
The study followed 1,604 adults over 60 (average age was 71) for six years, and discovered that while 23 percent of those who reported loneliness died within the 6 years, only 14 percent who reported adequate companionship passed away within that time frame. “Our social relationships are important not only to our quality of life, but also our longevity,” study author Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, told WebMD.