According to C.H. Cooley, the three primary groups Family, Playground and Neighborhood have great impact on an individual. There is no doubt that the way to develop the best qualities in a person and to sustain his mental health is by the excellence of these groups.
If the family members including husband, wife and children live with cordial and harmonious relationship, this will create infinite possibilities for a person’s growth. A harmonious feeling of ‘US’ will be very effective in the mental well-being of all members. The family will also check the individual’s bad habits like smoking and other vices thatruin our health. The family members can inspire each other with a new outlook, new goals, and a new purpose for living.
At times we find conflict and bitterness among the family members. If there is family harmony between siblings and the elderly, this would be a little paradise where we will enjoy being together. The truth is that traditions, values, loyalty and support keep the family strong.
If there is harsh treatment and resentment among the family members, it would bring chaos and violence among the members. “Of all our social institutions, the family is perhaps the one with which we are most familiar. As we proceed through our lives, our experiences within the family give rise to some of our strongest and most intense feelings. Within the family context lies a paradox, however: although most of us hope for love and support within the family -- a haven in a heartless world, so to speak -- the familycan also be a place of violence and abuse”.-Marilyn Poole
The truth is that the very word ‘family’ means warmth, peace and happiness. In fact, a happy family is the very foundation of a happy and healthy world free from any kind of violence and bloodshed rampant nowadays. The qualities of tolerance and humane values, respect and joy in each other’s life provide a solid foundation for a happy family. The foundation of a better world is our happy family.
The teenagers across the globe feel insecure, and get easily afflicted with one disease or another in an increasingly large number in our contemporary globalized world. The reason as pointed out by Pearl S. Buck is their isolation and alienation from the happy world of their kinfolk. The Nobel Laureate Pearl.S. Buck aptly remarks: “The lack of emotional security of our American young people is due, I believe, to their isolation from the larger family unit. No two people - no mere father and mother - as I have often said, are enough to provide emotional security for a child. He needs to feel himself one in a world of kinfolk, persons of variety in age and temperament, and yet allied to himself by an indissoluble bond which he cannot break if he could, for nature has welded him into it before he was born”.