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If You Haven't Called Your Loved Ones Today, Here's Your Reminder

Why calling, texting, or being there for those you love (and those who love you!) can not only help them, but you as well.

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Every human on this earth shares a common link. Although some families are extremely close, spend weekends, eat meals, and go on trips together no matter how young or old its members might be, others are more distant, only able to text each other throughout the day, live in different parts of the country, and are pursuing very different paths in life, both situations share a distinct connection. The same goes for individuals who grew up in deeply troubled or broken homes, foster homes, or none at all, yet still, survive and thrive on the support of friends, mentors, teachers, and kind strangers—all are able to exist because of an unshakable love.

Nearly every family or group of people who care about each other form an infinitely and increasingly complex network with more to them than meets the eye, yet one does not take away the value or worth of the other simply because of such differences. When you think of those that you care about, what comes to mind? Happy, sad, crazy, hilarious memories? A certain smell or feeling that makes you smile or your heart flutter? These simple moments of life are rooted in man's natural desire and need for love, whether that be platonic, romantic, sexual, practical, familial, or universal.

Throughout history, and as studied by psychologists and medical professionals alike, the pursuit of feeling cared for by others has been one of mankind's most notable determinants of happiness; yet, as life grows ever-busier, we often fail to acknowledge the parallel necessity present alongside wanting to feel loved: the need to love and care for others, as well.

When asked what makes us most happy, why is it that most immediate answers include self-oriented things like "money" or "feeling loved," instead of "helping others" or "bringing others joy"? Countless studies and TEDTalks have addressed this question and found that even the smallest acts of service produce joy and happiness equivalent to doing larger ones. Everyone has days where they need to vent to others, laugh, cry, talk, or just listen. Remember that each day is a new day to do this, for both yourself and others.

Whether you still live at home, have your own place, or have never had a place to call home, know that there is someone on this earth who cares about you, and regardless of if you've had a good, bad, incredible, frustrating, or average day, call, text, or simply walk over to someone you love and talk to them. Ask them how their day was, if anything special happened or if they need anything, and tell them you love them, because chances are they could use or appreciate the comfort of you, too.

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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True Tales Of Growing Up In A BIG Family

Spoiler alert, I get tackled a lot.

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I was born into a fairly large family. I have upwards of twenty-something first cousins, many of who are around the same age as me. It has honestly been both a blessing and a curse to have so many people around me all the time. Some of my favorite memories come from family gatherings where all of my cousins were there. However, since most of my cousins are male, there has also been a lot of physical violence where people get hurt, even if the intentions were innocent. I have so many stories about my family, some of which I won't share here because they are a little bit inappropriate, but others are too good not to share.

The first story I want to share is from this past Easter. Most of my cousins on my Dad's side were at my Papa's house celebrating the holiday. There was so much food we could probably feed a small army. Some of the older cousins decided that we were going to play a game of whiffle ball. All of the cousins who were playing were at least sixteen and some of them were much older. Many of us had or are playing sports in High School or College so this game of whiffle ball got extremely competitive very fast. I ended up being the Umpire/pitcher because I played softball for so long. The game ended with my brothers winning and my other cousins upset that they lost, but it was still one of the memories I will cherish the most even though I definitely threw out my shoulder pitching.

I can remember playing a game of football on Thanksgiving when I was young (maybe five or six). This game, not unlike the whiffle ball game we played at Easter, got super competitive super fast to the point where even I, as a six-year-old, was being pushed and tackled to the ground by much older boys. I honestly can't remember much about that game, maybe I got hit in the head too much, but I do remember having so much fun playing with my cousins.

I've been on a cruise two times in my life, both times with my extended family. One cruise was to Mexico when I was very little. What I remember about that cruise was getting extremely sea sick and that the cleaning staff would make towel monkey on our beds. The cruise was to Alaska when I was a lot older, I think I was fifteen. Since I and my cousins were much older on that cruise, we caused a lot more trouble and were able to get away with it. Every night we would go to the pool and swim. Then, we would go to the buffet and only eat pineapples and mac and cheese. We, also, may have or may not have gone into a bar to sing karaoke. While the cruise was fun, I wouldn't have had such a great time if I wasn't with my family.

While sometimes they can be a pain, having so much family has taught me a lot about communication and playing right. Again, I only have scratched the surface here in regards to the plentiful stories I have, many of which are so much funnier. I love my family so much and I would never trade that in for the world.

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