The holidays can be as guilt-inducing, stress-creating and frazzling as they are festive, delicious and memorable. Just ask any family.
So how do you decrease the stress factor and increase the happy memories? A recent holiday survey by Lively
of more than 1,000 people, from ages 25 to 65+, asked what different generations look forward to most during the holiday season. We learned that younger and older generations are more on the same page than we expected – and really just want to spend quality time with family!
The survey found:
- Nearly 50% of older adults feel more connected to friends and family over the holiday season, and nearly 60% of younger adults feel more connected to their older family members during the holidays.
- Almost half of older adults say they’re most looking forward to extra quality time with family.
- Gift giving isn’t necessarily a top priority for older or younger generations. 55% of older adults prefer quality time over traditional gifts, and only 6% of older adults are most looking forward to gift exchanges.
- 26% of older adults are excited for seasonal food and desserts, so make sure to prepare the family favorites, and have them bring your childhood treats.
Gift ideas are notoriously one of the most challenging aspects of the holidays, but now that we know quality time is the most valued gift
, this task should be easier than ever.
Making the Most of Quality Time This Holiday Season
This holiday survey confirms that for both older and younger generations, feeling connected is key, and quality time with family is very important. Nearly half (47%) of older adults wish for happiness above all else this holiday season. Friends and family should take the time to learn and understand what will bring their relatives the most happiness – and more often than not, the answer will be quality time.
Check out our infographic based on the survey below!