Written by: Benjienen Toledo | Updated: 01 September 2019
Grants sure make housing more affordable, but aside from Proximity Housing Grant (PHG)‘s financial benefits, there are scientifically proven advantages of living with or near your loved ones.
In 2016, the ageing population (65 years old and above) of Singapore is 487,570; this is a 5.71% increase from 2015. The 12% that comprise the total population, which is the older adults, can maintain connectedness with their families through the PHG.
There is a total of six aspects that make us complete: physical, mental, emotional, social, financial and spiritual. If any one of these aspects gets unstable, it can send ripples through our lives. That is why it is important to exercise balance and stay conscious when we begin to drift too far one way or another.
How does staying near your parents help you maintain the balance of the different aspects of your life?
Scientifically Proven Benefits of Living With or Near Your Parents
1. Sense of Security and Peace of Mind
An adventure in a new place can be fun. But a lack of family support can be quite stressful when having a newborn or growing children. During emergency situations, a support system can provide sense of security and peace of mind, keeping the balance of your mental health in check.
Scientifically, the nurturing touch builds trust and a sense of safety; this helps with open and honest communication. A touch for 20 seconds or more boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.
Living near your parents is favourable because you get to experience frequent physical interaction with the people close to your heart. This is emotionally and mentally beneficial too!
2. Parenting Support
It takes a village to raise a child.
Nobody said parenting is easy, especially for beginning families. If you live near your parents, they can provide encouragement, or even occasional help with childcare to give you a much-needed break. This helps enlighten your social well-being.
Your parents will also serve as your role model in strengthening your marriage and balancing parenthood and career. Their wisdom will guide you in effectively disciplining children, not to get in the way of your parenting style, but to help you become the best parent that you can be.
Parenting is a mix of physical, mental and emotional challenges, staying near your parents will provide you support in these aspects. Like any other challenges that you have been through while growing up, your parents also want to witness you succeed in this area.
3. Family and Individual Happiness
Did you know that a person needs at least eight (8) hugs a day? You will easily achieve this when you live near your parents. Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness. Thus, it will also influence your child’s mood when they are getting hugs from their grandparents.
Your parents play a critical role in your child’s life, boosting their self-esteem by making them feel loved and special. This supports your child’s social, emotional and mental development in all ways.
Oxytocin, the powerful brain chemical associated with bonding and relationships, nicknamed as “the love hormone” and “the happy hormone”, is responsible for the immediate boost in happiness and feeling of connection.
The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from your early years are still embedded in your nervous system even as adults, thus, the cuddles you received from your Mum and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level; therefore, connect you to your ability to self-love. Thus, enhancing your mental, emotional and social dimensions.
4. Longevity and Quality of Life
Research shows that laughter and tactile stimulation are extremely effective in healing sickness, disease, depression, anxiety, and stress.
The emotional charge of family’s physical interaction stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free. Being with the people you love slows your heart rate, shuts off some fight or flight instincts, and just miraculously help your worries disappear.
The spiritual aspect of our life can sometimes be the most overlooked; it is not only religiosity or faith, but it is the relationship between our self and the world.
In many ways, our spirituality is what defines our core, our foundation, our purpose, our identity, and our reason for living. It determines our position of personal power. We can let the world crush us, or we can let it sit in the palm of our hands.
Our family, therefore, influences our spirituality. Positive relationships with our parents contribute to our longevity and quality of life. Undoubtedly, PHG has delightful physical, financial, mental, emotional, social effects and spiritual benefits!
We all necessitate that sense of security, peace of mind, happiness and longevity. Living near your parents is advantageous to you as much as it will benefit them. This grant is indeed a wise move by the government to fortify the homes, laying a solid foundation for a stronger nation.
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