I've been thinking about this question and discussing it with my own family since I ran across excerpts from a new book this week titled The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Marriage, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More (2013, published by William Morrow).
The author, Bruce Feiler, has some good ideas, and even backs them up with some recent research about families, children, and couples where he can. Here are some of his ideas that rang true with me as a family therapist:
The article about Feiler’s book got me thinking about my own observations and reflections about other ways of helping create a happier life as a family:
If these are some of the secrets of happy families, let’s share them! If your family life isn't happy, not much else matters.