May 18 is National Visit Your Relatives Day, so go on and visit your loved ones! You know, none of us visits our relatives as often as we should. Why not change our habits? And what better time to start than today?

National Visit Your Relatives Day

May 18 is National Visit Your Relatives Day, so go on and visit your loved ones! You know, none of us visits our relatives as often as we should. Why not change our habits? And what better time to start than today?

May 18 is National Visit Your Relatives Day, and this is a big deal — let’s face it, we don’t visit our parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins and uncles as often as we should. When was the last time you made room in your busy schedule to visit a loved one?

The family is the most important institution in our society. We all grow in one, and family is the only thing certain. Still, with our hectic lifestyles, we all have a bad habit of not visiting our relatives. Weeks become months, and months become years. Sometimes we don’t realize we haven’t visited a relative until it’s too late, and we can’t anymore.

This memorable holiday is more than an excuse to go on and visit the family; it’s a call to action and a wake-up call. Maintaining strong bonds with your family can lead to a more meaningful life, reduced levels of stress, loneliness and anxiety. Perhaps you just need to talk to someone that knows you better than you do — other times is that significant other who would benefit from a casual visit.

At the end of the day, we’re all alone in this big world, but we shouldn’t be. Friends and couples come and go; family is forever. That’s the message here, and although long-lost relationships with relatives might seem impossible to restore, your family is always there for you. So, stop what you’re doing and visit a relative today! At the very least, call them.

History of National Visit Your Relatives Day

The origin of May 18 as National Visit Your Relatives Day is unknown. Still, it complements a wide range of holidays during May and June, including Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and the International Day of Families founded by the United Nations and celebrated every year on May 15.

Relatives are often understood as family members outside the family core of parents, sons and siblings. Although every member of your family is your relative, this unique holiday encourages people to reach out to the most distant members of your family. They might live on the other side of the world or down the block. Why not visit?

Forming stronger family bonds between cousins, nephews, aunts and uncles is critical to society’s wellbeing and as important as having close relationships with your grandparents, parents, siblings and children. This is a day to make the effort of dedicating some time to your relatives, so do so!

How to Celebrate National Visit Your Relatives Day

Visit your relatives, especially those you haven’t seen in a long time. At the very least, call someone and catch up. While you’re at it, make sure your relatives are okay and well taken care of. If we don’t take care of our family, no one else will.

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