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A Little Leisure Might Be Just What Your Family Needs
Families today are bombarded by potentially stress-provoking situations. Parents may juggle jobs, chores, child-care, care of older parents and much more, so it's not surprising that many people don't make time for leisure. Yet even a little leisure time can be one of the most healing remedies for emotionally drained families.
Leisure: Different Things to Different People
Leisure is personal time during which you are free from obligations. This freedom from any "must do" activity results in a choice-a personal decision about how to spend your time.
Leisure reinforces emotional well-being. The idea is to fill your free time doing something you like-not only recreation, but activities such as reading, spending time with friends, writing letters, playing a musical instrument or simply spending time alone.
The options are limitless. What all leisure choices have in common is an opportunity to enhance the value of being a human being through personal choice and decision making.
Why Leisure is Important
Enhanced communication skills and self-esteem. Shy or introverted people can benefit from group activities that are based on shared interests.
Wider horizons. You can meet new people, learn new things and gain valuable perspective.
A positive teaching model for children, who often learn better by example than by words alone.
Communication with others
Relationships with all kinds of people
Socially acceptable behavior
Negotiation and cooperation
Feelings and emotions