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 Host a Family Game Show Your Kids Will Love

Does your family like to play along with game shows on TV?

Think you know everything there is to know about your kids or your spouse?

Looking for a way to channel sibling rivalry and competition into something more positive?

Then come on down! You and your kids are the next contestants on Family Game Show—Valentine‘s Edition!

In this article I’ll show you how to host your own game show to quiz your family’s knowledge of each other in a fun and lively competition your kids will love.

Host a family game show to quiz your knowledge of each other in a fun, exciting and lively matching competition your kids will love.

Why Have a Family Game Show?

Game shows are filled with things kids love: they’re fun, they’re exciting, they’re lively and fast and loud.

Game shows provide a friendly way to pit players against each other—even brother vs. sister or parent vs. child—on an even playing field where kids (or anyone) can test their knowledge or skill.

And they have fabulous prizes!

The Family Game Show lets you turn all that’s appealing about a TV game show into a fun family activity you can stage in your own home. And this version will do something extra: it’ll help players learn more about their loved ones and give your family new ways to show appreciation for each other.

Here’s how…



A Fun Family Twist on Bingo For Your Next Big Party

Ever feel lonely in a crowd, even a crowd of your own relatives?

Do your normally outgoing kids turn shy as soon as family flies in for the holidays and files into the house?

Looking for a fun, easy way to break the ice at the big family reunion—to get everyone talking and laughing?

Large holiday gatherings are a wonderful opportunity to get to know the far-flung members of your family tree, but they can be intimidating, especially for kids faced with folks they don’t see often or know very well.

In this article I’ll show you how your kids can lead a fun game of “Getting to Know You” Bingo at your next group event that will jump-start conversations and breach the shyness gap so everyone can get to know each other better.

Lead a fun game of Getting to Know You Bingo that will jump-start conversations and breach the shyness gap so everyone can get to know each other better

Why Play Bingo?

Family reunions and holiday meals are the perfect setting to bring generations of family members together in one place. These events can include large numbers of relatives you and your children have never met or don’t know very well.


When it’s time for your next big group activity, let your children take the lead and offer an ice-breaker to help everyone meet, share and get the laughter flowing.


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