Our world is a busy place and it’s easy to lose touch with loved ones whether they live in the same country, the same state, or even in your house. In such disconnected times, are there steps we can take to reconnect with loved ones? Of course there are! We here at Spokeo love nothing more than hearing stories of how we’ve helped people connect for more meaningful relationships.
Whether your goal is to once again find common ground with your spouse or your kids or even locate a long-lost family member you haven’t spoken to in years it’s easier to achieve than you think. Here are 6 ways to reconnect with loved ones in 2015 that won’t leave you broke, exhausted, or pressed for time.
- Make a plan to get to know your immediate family better.
Sometimes the easiest people to connect with are the hardest to make time for. We’re all guilty of letting everyday life get in the way of our relationships with those closest to us but 2015 can be the year to do something about it. Set aside time each week to make a phone call to relatives you may not stay in touch with on a regular basis: grandparents, parents, or even cousins. Also set aside a block of time to spend individually for each of your in-house family members like your kids and your spouse to get to know them on a deeper, more personal level whether it’s for the first time or not.
- Mend a fence.
Relationships are hard work and sometimes they fall apart. If there’s someone you cared about – a friend, a relative, even an old colleague – you once had a disagreement with it may be time to build a bridge and try to reestablish a relationship. The first step likely comes in the form of an apology and an acknowledgement of the problems you faced. While this step is usually the hardest it’s often the first building block in a lasting, meaningful relationship. Put yourself out there – you never know who else has just been too afraid to make the first move.
- Locate a family member you’ve lost track of.
Nearly every family has one or two members who aren’t part of the “herd.” They do their own thing whether it’s for personal reasons or because of a family feud or something more serious like a dependency problem. If there’s a member of your family no one’s really kept track of, why not use the technology available in 2015 to track them down and bring them back into the fold? Spokeo’s powerful people search engine can help you find someone with as little as a first and last name and may even be able to help you with an address or other contact information. Start looking now – you’ll probably be surprised how easy it is to reconnect.
- Harness the power of social media as a connection tool.
It’s fun to keep up with friends on Facebook and Twitter but increasingly, social media is also becoming a simple way to connect and stay in touch with harder-to-reach folks. Old coworkers, high school classmates, and even relatives you don’t necessarily feel comfortable picking up the phone and calling are the perfect people to connect with on social media so you can stay involved in each other’s lives. And if you’re squeamish about everyone seeing everything you’re putting out there be sure to utilize available privacy settings and group options when it comes to posting.
- Dig into your family genealogy.
Thanks to technology, your family’s genealogy is easier to research than ever before. Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out your family was originally from Ireland, then plan a trip to the motherland to meet some distant relatives? Start your search online then consider hard-copy resources like family Bibles, newspaper clippings, and old registrations at places like Ellis Island. Starting the research is also a great excuse to converse with your oldest living relatives, too!
- Spearhead a family reunion.
Some families make a point to have a big rowdy reunion at least once a year while others have never considered the practice. If yours falls into the latter group why not make 2015 the inaugural year for your new annual family get-together? Encourage stronger bonds between the generations by inviting everyone in the entire family tree. Be sure to plan the event at a location conveniently located to the highest number of family members and schedule some activities (like a barbecue or a visit to an amusement park) to keep everyone entertained while the get to know each other. You may be surprised how many family members show up!