Healthful Leisure

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

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Leisure provides many benefits:
  • 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.
Your own behavior in group or family activities helps teach your children about:
  • Communication with others
  • Relationships with all kinds of people
  • Socially acceptable behavior
  • Negotiation and cooperation
  • Feelings and emotions
  • Listening
  • Playing
  • Reading habits
  • Your values
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