A family lifestyle refers to the way that families live and coexist together on a daily basis, and the habits and patterns that these people have as individuals and as part of the family unit. These lifestyles can be healthy or unhealthy, and this does not just refer to physical health, but mental health as well. The way a family eats, for example, or the amount of exercise they get are part of a family lifestyle. Also part of this, however, is the way that people communicate with each other, the way they interact with each other, and the activities the family does together.
Sometimes, unhealthy families can have negative or even toxic lifestyles. Homes in which one or more people are abusive, or where people constantly argue in violent or angry rather than productive ways, can all be representative of unhealthy lifestyles. A family situation in which one or more people are addicted to drugs or alcohol is another example of a negative family lifestyle. Family therapy or other types of treatment are often required to change behaviors such as these, and alter the lifestyles; if they can't be changed, divorce or changes in child custody arrangements may be necessary in some cases.
Of course, there are plenty of ways that families can have a positive family lifestyle as well. Many families find that having dinner together every night, giving each person an opportunity to talk about his or her day, is a good way to develop a positive and healthy lifestyle. This tends to encourage more positive, supportive communication than families who do not check in with each other on a regular basis. A family's diet is important part of the lifestyle as well, such as whether or not each individual makes an effort to eat healthy; thus, having a healthy meal together ensures that all members benefit from proper nutrition.
The activities a family does together are another aspect of family lifestyle. Healthy families who enjoy being active might enjoy playing sports or hiking, for example; others might simply read or watch TV together. Some families also attend religious services together. Family lifestyle should not imply that families spend all their time as one unit. One aspect of a happy family is that each person has his or her own interests and activities that make him or her feel fulfilled, and it is natural for some members to need more "alone time" than others. What constitutes a healthy lifestyle certainly differs for people from different areas of the world and different cultures, and it is also important to recognize and respect this.