Mindfulness is an essential ingredient for living a more stress-free life. But can it also have a larger effect, where your mindfulness positively affects your family? The evidence suggests it does.

Modern families just aren’t as tight as generations past. Most of us can’t even relate to living in a multifamily, multigenerational household. How in the world would everyone get along?

Can we call on mindfulness to shoulder the heavy burden of remedying our disconnected families? I think we can. Mindfulness does a strange thing. It helps us to feel more satisfied within ourselves. Then, feeling more self-content, we’re kinder and less judgmental. We also start tuning into others’ feelings, which then increases our connection. As relationships grow and develop, we start valuing those relationships more. It’s a positive feedback loop.

Mindfulness is more than just a great way to relieve stress. This holiday season use it as a means to enact the Golden Rule at home.

Write to us. Over the next few weeks tells us your stories of how mindfulness helped you and your family feel more love for each other over the holidays.

If you’re interested in learning more about how mindful attunement equates to love, and how that can transform all your relationships watch this short video by meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Happy Holidays to you and your family,

The Pirtle family, Mark, Lynda and Alana