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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!, August 15, 2009
This review is from: The Secrets of Happy Families: Eight Keys to Building a Lifetime of Connection and Contentment (Hardcover)
The Secrets of Happy Families is all that it is advertised to be! Dr. Haltzman begins the book by exploring the definition of family, and has an inspiring and educational chapter about happiness (did you know that people that win the lottery don't end up being any happier in life and people who become paralyzed?).

I found Haltzman's division of family happiness into eight "keys" extremely helpful. For instance, on his chapter called "commit and communicate" he talks about the importance of maintaining a stable family for the growth of the child. This seems like common sense, but the fact is that it is politically incorrect to say that people should marry because it's better for children. Other chapters talk about dealing with conflict, step families, values, and resiliency.

What was most impressive about this was Dr. Haltzman's use of humor. He seems to be saying that we should take a families seriously, but not so seriously that we are not able to enjoy all of the highs and lows that are part of being a family. The book gave me good ideas about how to enjoy fun and meaningful activities when I get together with my family. And how to argue less.

I am eager to read Dr. Haltzman's other books because he seems to be a voice of reason and humor when other authors are either sanctimonious, boring, or banal.
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Initial post: Feb 17, 2013 6:21:32 AM PST
B. Speer says:
It's a little late for my family. Our Left or Right views of life have gradually separated US permanently. We are not the only ones.

Politics is a dirty word for good reason but many or most are born with tendencies one way or the other it is part of our reality and value system IMHO.

Whether you disagree or agree I want to offer the following UNBIAS chart for all to review and see if it applies to your life, family and those around you. Personally I am convinced evolution is a much bigger part of how we think and live our lives. DNA makes some of us gay or color blind. Like the colors some of us cannot see how do we know we have "FREE CHOICE"? After 73yrs of searching for some answers I found this chart quite illuminating:

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/left-vs-right-world/

Print it on photopaper and referencing can help you appreciate who is who and what is what. Evolution does not just make our appearance change it also influences how we think and value realities. That chart can be a road map.
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