Multiracial Hands Making a CircleDo you savour and are you grateful for the support you receive from your friends, family, work colleagues and maybe even clients?

It might seem like there is an international day of ‘something’ almost every day. However, while we’ve just finished celebrating, savouring and being grateful for our mums on Mothers Day, this coming 15th of May is the UN sanctioned International Day of Families.

Here’s what the Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon said about the International Day of Families in his address for 2013

“Families hold societies together, and intergenerational relationships extend this legacy over time. This year’s International Day of Families is an occasion to celebrate connections among all members of the constellation that makes up a family. It is also an opportunity to reflect on how they are affected by social and economic trends – and what we can do to strengthen families in response.”

There’s an old adage that goes something like you can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family… and for some of us, that will resonate more than for others.

However, whether we focus just on our immediate ‘blood’ related families, or extend this (as Liz and I do) to our family of close friends, this International Day of Families can be about celebrating, savouring and being grateful for the support networks we each have.

The key for me in Ban Ki-moon’s message is to ask myself the question ‘What can I do to help strengthen the relationships and improve the life-satisfaction of those with whom I am blessed to have within my support network?’

Each of these International Days of ‘Something’ come and go, but what we know from a growing body of scientific research, is by focusing on, contributing to and supporting the positive relationships we have in our work and our personal lives, we not only increase our own wellbeing and life satisfaction, we individually (and collectively) impact the wellbeing and life satisfaction of others.

If you want a better work (and home) environment, start with something that’s in your control – how you contribute to and support the relationships you have.