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Framily: Home is where the felt family is

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Father, mother, child was yesterday. Now there is the Framily

Everyone has a framily. Did not you know? Yes, you too! The word describes a new family model that does not require kinship.

Blood is thicker than water? But what about soulmate?

Not everyone can be happy about a big, happy family. Some have lost their family or have quarreled with it. There are involuntarily childless couples. Some live so far away from their relatives that they have lost sight of each other.

This is sad, but does not necessarily mean that you are doomed to be alone.

The Framily (friends and family) is the felt family. Everyone has a framily, even if not everyone is aware of it.

The Coca Cola Happiness Institute has commissioned a study into the joie de vivre in our society today. Does the same make us happy as before? Eleven renowned experts, including social psychologist and fortune researcher Prof. Ruut Veenhoven, sociologist Prof. Hilke Brockmann and doctor and author dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen analyzed the striking changes in our society within the framework of this study.

The experts discovered the trend towards "Framily", the felt family.

We live in a time when we can enjoy the luxury of choosing our friends even more freely. Through social networks, better travel options, more sophisticated communication technology, etc., we can find, have, and have more friends in more places.

Of course, one can argue that our friendships will become more superficial as a result. Who can cultivate as many friendships as he accepts friendship invitations on Facebook?

But you can also see it that in the larger amount of people we meet, we also have greater opportunities to find really soulmates.

And that seems to be the case, according to the experts. We choose more consciously with whom we go through life and are rewarded with the comforting we-feeling of Framily .

This is especially nice for singles, childless or people with little family. It's not about a wedding ring or common pedigree, it's about the "feeling like family", an idea. Security and familiarity, safety and care do not necessarily have to do with genes or a certificate from the registry office.

When I have a cold with a high fever I do not call my mother hundreds of miles away. What should she do besides worry? No, on my last cold, a friend came over with a huge pot for my homemade chicken soup. And then, when I tell my mother that I'm well cared for, cared for by my Framily, she too is reassured.