Mental Health

Mandy Kloppers

How Understanding Your Roots Benefits Your Mental Health

Many may have some curiosity about their family’s history, and yet they hesitate to take steps to learn about it. Some may know a few things about their family’s past, but not much else. Learning about family history can be great to do not just because it is interesting, but also because it can have a distinct impact on your outlook on life. If you are looking for some more reasons to dive into your family history and do some investigating, here are some things to consider. 

Learning About Your Roots Creates a Sense of Purpose

Learning more about your family and your roots can help generate a sense of purpose in your life. By looking up 1950 census records or going even further back you can begin to build a picture of what your ancestors’ lives were like. The more that you know about what your ancestors did, the more that you can feel pride in them, and the things that you do that reflect them in your life. Understanding the connections between your family’s past and heritage, and yours can help encourage you to look at the future differently and give you a sense of purpose as you move through life. 

Learning About Your Roots Helps You Feel Connected

Another benefit of taking some time to research your family’s history is that it can help you feel more connected to your ancestors, and to your family now. Learning all the ways that you are similar to your past family can help you to draw connections in your life and feel a stronger bond to the past. It may also give you a new appreciation for your relatives and family in general. The more that you understand the past, the more that you will see it is similar to the present. This can be great for helping you to feel more grounded and aware. It can also help you feel more connected to others, and appreciate the role that you play in your family, too. 

Learning About Your Roots Develops a Greater Understanding of Yourself

The more that you know your ancestors, what they did, what they were like, and what they stood for, the easier it will be for you to understand yourself and your motivations. The reality is that personality traits can be passed down from generation to generation. By taking time to learn about your great grandparents and their personalities, you can learn more about yourself, also. Understanding your family and their past can illuminate the present, and help you to understand yourself in a new way. 

Learning About Your Roots Can Expand Your Social Circle

When you first start the journey of learning more about your family’s history, you may not know what to expect. The reality is, though, that it isn’t just about research or what has happened in the past. When you take the step to learn more about your family, you open up the opportunity to connect with other distant family members who are also looking to learn more about family. Whether it is a long-lost cause or an aunt or uncle you have not seen in a long time, researching your family’s history can help you grow your social circle in a meaningful way.

How To Learn More About Your Roots

There can be more than one way to begin learning about your roots. Some may go to a library or a genealogy center to find local resources. Additionally, many begin their search online, on websites that allow you to look at old records. Before that, though, a good place to get started is by simply talking to those in your family, especially older relatives. They often still have lots of information and good ideas about where to start your search. 

Some Last Thoughts

Looking into your family’s history can be both intriguing and exciting. While it may feel like a challenge at times, especially if you struggle to find new information, it can also be a rewarding journey with lots of potential for meaningful self-exploration.