The Secrets Of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler

The Secrets Of Happy Families

The Secrets Of Happy Families – Book Review

Have you noticed that some families are always there for one another while others always fall apart?

Have you noticed that some families find a way to build their foundation on rock while others continuously sift through sand?

Have you ever wondered if there are certain characteristics that happy families share that happy families take that separate them from families where life is more of a relational struggle?

If so, you’re not alone.

After spending an eye-opening vacation with four generations of his family, and seeing how they interacted with one another, Bruce Feiler couldn’t help but wonder if his family was “descending the slippery slope of dysfunction.” He began asking himself:

  • What is the secret sauce that holds families together?
  • What are the ingredients that make some families effective, resilient, functioning, happy?

Unlike most people, however, Bruce then spent three years researching the answers to those questions. Now, he’s shared his findings in The Secrets Of Happy Families – a New York Times best-selling book!

The Secrets Of Happy Families is a fascinating look into some of the cutting-edge ideas and solutions creative families are adapting to make their homes, relationships, and families a happier place to be.

What’s most interesting about this book is that Bruce does not draw on conventional wisdom from traditional experts in this field. Instead, Bruce turns to unconventional sources – ranging from the business world to the Green Berets, from sports teams to social networking – to come up with over 200 innovative ideas that will make your family a happier, healthier place to live!

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book – but once I started reading The Secrets Of Happy Families, I couldn’t put it down! Bruce’s writing style is engaging, enlightening, and often-times, humorous; the book itself is both anecdotal and informative.

If you’re like me, you’ll find a combination of ideas you may have already implemented in your home; ideas you’ll be eager to try; and ideas you may or may not adapt, but will definitely stretch your imagination.

I love this book and recommend The Secrets Of Happy Families to couples and families everywhere!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Secrets Of Happy Families – One Man’s Mission

About Bruce Feiler

Bruce Feiler

Bruce Feiler writes a column in contemporary families for the New York Times and is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including The Council of Dads. He is the host of several series on PBS, a popular lecturer, and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.

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12 Responses to “The Secrets Of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler”

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  1. jelli says:

    I saw your link at Sits and was really hoping to find some tips here. Wish I didn’t have to get the book for a sneak preview. Thanks for sharing a great read though.

    • Create With Joy
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      Hi Jelli,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the review of The Secrets Of Happy Families!

      In the For More Information section that follows the review, I’ve included a link a PDF file called The Happy Families Tookkit that contains several actual exercises from the book.

      Be sure to check it out – nothing beats hands-on experience for evaluating a book!

  2. {Kathy} Although I have not read this book, I have heard many of the insights that he presents. I hope his work reaches those who need it most — I wonder if there is a way to get it to high risk famiies??

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I don’t know but that is an awesome idea!
      What a beautiful heart you have to suggest it.

      You should contact the author to ask if he has considered it – perhaps he already has a program in place.

  3. Thanks for including the video. Sounds like a fantastic book.
    I appreciate your review of it. Charades is a fantastic game for making fun memories. 🙂 Have a super weekend.

  4. I will definitely have to look more into this book! Thank you for the awesome review. 🙂

    Visiting from SITS!

  5. Thanks for recommending this book. We can always use new and fresh ideas to make our family time even better! Stopping by from SITS today 🙂

    Hope you will stop by and share some books, crafts or recipe posts with my Small Victories Sunday link, which is back tonight after a hiatus. It’ll be open all week so hope you stop by and share your posts with us!

  6. April says:

    I appreciate the notion of someone trying to figure out the reason behind families happiness. In my family, I think we are happy because we have made a determination that we will not divorce. Once you make that declaration, you find ways to be happy within yourself and with the other person, unless you just want to live an unhappy life. Thank you for linking up to Countdown in Style.

  7. Brittnei says:

    Wow 4 generations of his family under one roof? That had to be so enlightening and fun in so many ways! I couldn’t imagine! Thanks so much for sharing this one too with us at Countdown in Style!

  8. Beth @ Structure in an Unstructured life says:

    Great review – thanks! This book is on my “to-read” list but I’m thinking I need to move it up a little higher on the list! Sounds like a great one for my husband and I to read together!
    Found you through the Mommy Monday Blog Hop!

  9. Nancherrow says:

    Sounds like a helpful read-thanks! Would love for you to share at Fridays Unfolded this week!


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