Harper SanFrancisco / HarperCollins
Date: April 1, 2004
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Nonfiction / Family
Lynda E. Lukow
Simple Secrets of Happy Families
Have Learned and How You Can Use It
By David Niven, Ph.D.
you envy the closeness Ozzie and Harriet shared with their offspring?
Do you sometimes wish you could trade your children in for the Brady
kids? Everybody loves Raymond's family-even in its dysfunctional
imperfection, right? So what do they know that you don't?
interpreting the intellectual vernacular buried in obscure journals
isn't your style, The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy Families
may hold your answers. Dr. David Niven has compiled the most recent
data from myriad scientific studies on various aspects of family
life into one easy-to-read handbook. Each entry, such as getting
along with in-laws, accepting individuality, and adapting to change
begins with an observation, which is followed by advice and an account
of a family that follows the recommended counsel. After each short
story, Dr. Niven includes the conclusion and authors of the pertaining
studies if readers should want to delve deeper into the sources.
not meant to be read from cover to cover, The 100 Simple Secrets
of Happy Families is a wonderful resource for understanding
the complexities of family ties and improving relationships. The
index makes it easy to find the entry that deals with each specific
circumstance. The next time your children roll their eyes while
listening to family history, take heart; studies show connecting
with the past helps increase your children's concern for others,
and it increases their adult happiness quotient by five percent.