Research proves that happy families are good for health, longevity, peace of mind, productivity, and success. In The Secrets of Happy Families, Scott Haltzman offers an original approach to building family contentment that works for families of all ethnicities and make-ups–two-parent, single-parent, blended, childless, or same-sex couple. He provides a "positive psychology" way of solving family problems through strategy and leadership, including knowing and accepting who you are, taking a leadership role in loving and united relationships, building a network of support in extended families and communities, and making quality time for fun, adventures, holidays, and rituals.
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About the Author
Dr. Scott Haltzman is clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Alpert Medical School of Brown University and editor of DrScott.com. He is the coauthor of the best-selling books The Secrets of Happily Married Men and The Secrets of Happily Married Women.
Theresa Foy DiGeronimo is the author of more than fifty books in the fields of medicine, education, and parenting.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 What Is a Family? 7
Chapter 2 What Is Happiness? 19
Secret 1 Happy Families . . . Stick Together 28
Secret 2 Happy Families . . . Commit and Communicate 57
Secret 3 Happy Families . . . Lean 80
Secret 4 Happy Families . . . Teach to and Learn from Children 100
Secret 5 Happy Families . . . Blend 131
Secret 6 Happy Families . . . Handle Conflict 155
Secret 7 Happy Families . . . Bounce 183
Secret 8 Happy Families . . . Breathe 206
Epilogue: Happy Families . . . Evolve 227
Appendix: Aggregate Results of the Happy Family Survey 231
About the Authors 251