Many people prefer having friends over family. Friends are easy; they’re enjoyable and agreeable. Family is hard; family is tense and demanding. Friends are optional; they can be acquired and released. Family is mandatory; they are there from birth to death.
Family reminds us where we came from. Our parents and siblings reflect the same material with which we were formed. Family forces us to confront the truth about ourselves. Who are we? What are our positive and negative qualities?
By restoring and improving relationships with family, one will experience a happy and meaningful life.