4 Secrets of Happy Families and How You Can Apply Them

Do you wonder what the secret sauce is that holds happy families together?

What do they do right, and how can you learn to make your family happier?

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,”  said the great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy in his book Anna Karenina.

Was he right? Do all happy families have certain things in common?

In this article I’ll share four practices that can draw your family closer and make everyone in your home happier, summarized from more than 200 ideas found in The Secrets of Happy Families, by Bruce Feiler.

Four ways to draw your family closer and make everyone in your home happier, summarized from 'The Secrets of Happy Families' by Bruce Feiler.

Why Is a Happy Family Important?

Over the last fifty years, families have changed drastically. We have blended families, adoptive families, divorced families, single-parent families, two-parent families, gay-parent families, family members with different faiths and some with none at all.

But no matter what kind of family you belong to, your family is key to your overall happiness and well-being.

In fact, studies prove that the number-one predictor of life satisfaction comes from spending time with people you care about and who care about you.



How to Get the Scoop on Fun Family Stories: Investigative Reporting for Kids

Do your children ever wonder what kids did for fun before video games existed?

Would they love to dish the dirt on their dad’s antics as an adolescent?

Or discover connections and commonalities between themselves and folks four or five times their age—or more?

You can help your kids become family history reporters and uncover secrets and surprises of the generations before them.

In this article I’ll show you how to turn your next family gathering into an information treasure hunt where your kids collect intriguing facts about their relatives and create a news video to share their stories.

How to turn your next family gathering into a treasure hunt where kids collect intriguing facts about relatives and create a news video for their stories.

Why talk to Grandma? A new way to relate.

I don’t know about you, but some of my favorite childhood memories include listening to my father and his four brothers tell stories about growing up on the family farm.

Our family picnics and holiday meals were filled with laughter as they told us about their scavenger hunts and adventures.

Do you have similar memories?

Do your kids?



How to Entertain Your Kids for Hours With Adventure Tubs

Do your children like to explore?

Want a fun (and messy) activity that gets the whole family involved?

With simple household supplies and a lot of imagination, you’ll take your kids on an exciting journey that involves their senses.

In this article, I will show you how to create an adventure tub

It’s a simple, inexpensive project that your kids will enjoy for hours of messy, feel-good fun.

Use sensory tubs to create a great, inexpensive home adventure to distract the kids from electronics and engage with the family.

What Is Sensory Play?

Sensory play involves stepping back to let your child explore with all five senses. When you do this, something wonderful happens—kids take the lead using their imaginations!


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