Motherlove is the most precious thing in this world and nothing can replace it. Mothers do so much for their kids and when we grow up we forget that and get busy in our own life.
Most of us are forced to cope with a difficult schedule. As we grow older, it becomes tougher and tougher to spend time with our mothers and our grandmothers. While this is typically understood to them, that does not mean that you should ever fall into the trap of ignoring them.
Not only is hanging out with mom and grandma the best, but scientists have also conducted a study on the matter and their determinations will definitely surprise you. Spending time with your elderly relatives is even more crucial than you may have already realized.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco found that loneliness plays a large role in the decline so often associated with old age. The study followed 1,600 adults, with an average age of 71 — despite controlling for socioeconomic status and health, the lonely consistently held higher mortality rates. Nearly 23% of lonely participants died within six years of the study, as opposed to only 14% of those that reported adequate companionship.
The study showed that elderly relatives who receive the proper amount of companionship from their younger counterparts will actually live longer than those who do not. The adults in the study who were forced to spend more time alone lived for a shorter period of time than those who had more thoughtful relatives.
This basically confirms a fact that we have all known but fail to give enough importance to. Our elders give a lot of importance to relationships in their lives. They hold any and all relations dear to them. And, if it is of their own flesh and blood, then, of course, the sense of belonging is stronger. It is for this reason they overlook a number of shortcomings or faults in those who are willing to spend time with them.
They have a higher tolerance level for small irritants that we normally would brush away impatiently. For them, it boils down to vital relational skills. These are skills that they have had all their lives to recognize and hone to perfection, explains Rosemary Blieszner who is a professor of human development at Virginia Tech, to “The New York Times”.
She goes on to explain that the old are wise when it comes to choosing what they want to fight about and what they let go. They realize that having a good, caring company is more important than proving themselves right or perfecting their imperfect companions, be it a friend, a child, or even grandchildren.
More than short, sporadic visits, the elderly thrive when they have continuous relations with the people around them. Finally, we must remember that having good relations is not just important for our elders but for us too. There is a lot we can learn from them in terms of maintaining relationships and learning their value. Plus, we get to spend more time with the ones we love!
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