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Do you have an active family? Are you always looking for more fun things to do outside with your family? Whether your thing is going to sporting events, hiking, running, biking, or geocaching, here are 6 steps you can take to have a more fulfilling and active family life.
These tips are based on research from psychology and similar fields. While everyone’s interests and preferred activities are different, these tips can be incorporated into many different activity styles. Try these as your family leads toward increased happiness and well-being.
1. Remember the Importance of Giving
Caring about other people is a fundamental part of our own happiness. Helping others is great not only for ourselves, but it’s a great thing to do to be happier and healthier. Finding activities in which you can give back help you find fun things to do outside with family.
These activities also engage in family living that is compassionate and community focused. Look for volunteer opportunities nearby. Find one that sounds like it’s up your alley.
Consider volunteering with your local Humane Society, your Parks & Rec Department, or local clubs to find great fun activities to do outside with your active family.
2. Always Seek Connections with Others
Our interpersonal relationships are an important contributor to our happiness. People with broader social circles are happier, healthier, and live longer than those without strong social support. Close relationships with family and friends are a great way to increase this.
But, there are also fun things to do outside with family that can expand your social circle as well. Join a local amateur sports team, a local running club, or similar group with your family and broaden your network.
3. Don’t be Afraid to Try New Things
No matter what your interests are, it is beneficial to always be trying new things. Learning new skills and appreciating new activities can help you to stay curious and intellectually engaged. This will also give your active family a sense of accomplishment. When they succeed at a new kind of activity, it boosts everyone’s self-confidence.
There are many ways to learn new things, and we don’t mean formal instruction. Auditioning for a local play, learning to play a new sport, or working with animals are all ways to learn new skills and keep your family active and engaged.
4. Set Goals and Work Towards them
Feeling optimistic about the future is an important thing for everyone’s ongoing happiness. Goals can help motivate your active family and bring you closer together as you work toward them. Think about the kinds of goals you could set for your active family’s outdoor activities.
If you’re a family of runners, why not shoot for a 5k, 10k, or even work toward a marathon or half-marathon? Make your goals ambitious, but realistic. Once you’ve accomplished one, look for the next hurdle and set a new goal.
Constantly working toward a new milestone will help give your family a sense of direction, accomplishment, and satisfaction.
5. Look for the Good and Contribute
What makes you feel good? We’re not talking about that same sense of accomplishment here. We’re talking about positive emotions like joy, gratitude, inspiration, and fulfillment.
These emotions aren’t just great at the moment you feel them. They can help create a sort of “upward spiral” to build your emotional journey on.
When you choose new outdoor activities for you and your active family, think about your passions. Then, find activities that allow you to share in them. Spread positivity through doing them.
Walks and runs for charitable foundations you care about is a great way to begin.
6. Be Part of Something Bigger than You Are
People who feel their lives have purpose and meaning are in general happier, feel more in control of their lives, and glean more pleasure from their activities. They also tend to experience reduced stress, anxiety, and sadness or depression. How do we find outdoor activities that have a meaning and purpose, though?
One way of doing this is by being a part of something bigger than you are. This could be related to your religious faith, connecting with others who share your life experience such as other parents, or choosing projects that make a large difference in the lives of others.
Volunteering in city-wide renovation projects, working with Habitat for Humanity, and joining or starting a church group for your beloved activity are all ways to be a part of something larger than yourselves, and that’s a great thing for any active family.
Increasing your family’s active lifestyle is easy with these simple steps. Your family will benefit in many ways. Have fun and start the process today.