By Eric Barker
May 6, 2014

Where You Live Matters

Via 100 Simple Secrets of Happy Families:

Open Communication Is A Must

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Tell The Family Story

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(More on the value of telling family stories here.)

To Communicate Values To Kids, Focus On Closeness, Not Lectures

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Like It Or Not, You Are A Role Model To Your Children

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To Be Happy With Your Family, Be Open To Change

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We Love Those Who Show Love

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They Need You To Be Positive When Times Are Tough

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History Beats Apology

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Try To Be Fair, Not Right

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The Secret To Work/Life Balance Is A Feeling Of Control

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Discussing Tough Subjects Pays Dividends Later

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Happiness Is Determined By What You Think About Most

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(The things proven to make you happier are here.)

Family Rituals Matter

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(More on how rituals make life better here.)

Kids That Pick Their Activities Enjoy School

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Separate Your Work And Family Life

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Coping With In-Laws Is Worth It

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Fido Helps

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(What your pet says about your personality is here.)

Kids Need More Than Just Mom And Dad

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(Bruce Feiler, author of The Secrets of Happy Families, presents some excellent research on why grandmoms are so important here.)

Anyone Can Have A Happy Family

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What’s Next?

Here are three other research-backed posts that can help build a great family:

  1. How To Have A Happy Family – 7 Tips Backed By Research
  2. Recipe For A Happy Marriage: The 7 Scientific Secrets
  3. Good Parenting Skills: 7 Research-Backed Ways to Raise Kids Right

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