Spending regular time with your loved ones is important for many reasons –it’s enjoyable, refreshing and can help maintain happiness. But instead of just parking off in front of a movie together, here are a few ideas to inspire some healthy bonding time with your favourite people.
You have to eat so why not make it into something fun to do together? Choose a meal, ask them to bring along a few of the ingredients and cook up a storm. Then enjoy your culinary prowess while catching up on each other’s lives.
Start a book club
Here’s a ‘novel’ idea: a random book challenge. Curate a list of books and get everyone in your family or friendship group to vote on one you can read together. You could either do read-aloud sessions at meals, or simply read different sections in your own time and chat about them when you are together.
Create a scrapbook
Going through old photographs and memory tokens can be a lot of fun. Favourite stories get re-told and new ones crop up. It’s a wonderful way to remember and get to know each other better. Get some snacks and gather a box of photographs, concert tickets, souvenirs, notes and birthday cards. Stick them in a scrapbook, writing down the stories and memories that you want to cherish.
Learn something new
Doing new things with your friends and family is a great way to get you all out of your comfort zone. Make a list of things you’ve always wanted to try and then pick one out of a hat and give it ago as a team.
Overcome a fear or obstacle
Facing a fear can be overwhelming and feeling nervous makes it worse. Having a friend or family member alongside you can make it much more bearable and can have the added benefit of strengthening your bond.
Create a new tradition
Sunday roasts at your local pub, Christmas day present opening, birthday pancakes... there’s nothing better than a good tradition. Except maybe a new tradition. Have a chat with your friends or family about some things you love –pizza Fridays or once-a-month local park runs or hikes –and make them into your own traditions. It will be something only you share, which can make them even more special.
Start a new journey together
Travelling together is an entertaining way to spend uninterrupted time with your loved ones. You can either start small with a short weekend break somewhere you all haven’t been before or take the plunge and head off for a long exotic break.