Our families continue to grow older and as each year passes, distance can come between us. It is more important than ever to create a bond that will keep your family close even when the miles separate. One way to develop closeness in the family is to create a ritual and maintain it. Even the simple act of eating a meal together with no distractions such as a cell phone or television is enough time to make sure that the family has sufficient and consistent contact. If you have an elderly loved one in your life that lives alone, perhaps a weekly meal such as Sunday dinner can be prepared at their home. This will help them to feel connected to the family and will set them up for a refreshed and positive mood for the new week ahead.