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Happy Families: 3 Tips for Handling Unhappy Times

November 23, 2015

Having a happy family doesn’t mean you won’t have some unhappy times. Every family experiences struggles, stress, and growing pains. Sometimes those things lead to tension between family members. These three pieces of advice from modern-day Apostles could help when those times come.

1. Don’t give in to anger.

“To be angry is to yield to the influence of Satan. No one can make us angry. It is our choice. If we desire to have a proper spirit with us at all times, we must choose to refrain from becoming angry.” —Thomas S. Monson

2. Forgive.

“If we can find forgiveness in our hearts for those who have caused us hurt and injury, we will rise to a higher level of self-esteem and well-being. Some recent studies show that people who are taught to forgive become ‘less angry, more hopeful, less depressed, less anxious and less stressed,’ which leads to greater physical well-being. Another of these studies concludes ‘that forgiveness … is a liberating gift [that] people can give to themselves.’” —James E. Faust

3. Pray.

“If you feel some strain or tension building up in your marriage [or family], you should humbly get on your knees together and ask God our Father, with a sincere heart and real intent, to lift the darkness that is over your relationship, that you may receive the needed light, see your errors, repent of your wrongs, forgive each other, and receive each unto yourselves as you did in the beginning. I solemnly assure you that God lives and will answer your humble pleas.” —David B. Haight