The Secrets of Happy Families: Surprising New Ideas to Bring More Togetherness, Less Chaos, and Greater Joy

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Bruce Feiler

Narrated By: Bruce Feiler

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: February 2013

Duration: 7 hours 46 minutes


Don't worry about family dinner. Let your kids pick their punishments. Ditch the sex talk. Cancel date night.These are just a few of the surprising innovations in this bold first-of-its-kind playbook for today's families. Bestselling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler found himself squeezed between caring for aging parents and raising his children. So he set out on a three-year journey to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families. Instead of the usual family "experts," he sought out the most creative minds—from Silicon Valley to the set of Modern Family, from the country's top negotiators to the Green Berets—and asked them what team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques they use with their families. Feiler then tested these ideas with his wife and kids. The result is a fun, original look at how families can draw closer together, complete with two hundred never-before-seen best practices.
Feiler's life-changing discoveries include a radical plan to reshape your family in twenty minutes a week, Warren Buffett's guide for setting an allowance, and the Harvard handbook for resolving conflict. The Secrets of Happy Families is a timely, counterintuitive book that answers the questions countless parents are asking: How do we manage the chaos of our lives? How do we teach our kids values? How do we make our family happier?
Written in a charming, accessible style, The Secrets of Happy Families is smart, funny, and fresh, and will forever change how your family lives every day.


  • Emily Pezzolla

    Excellent book. I would give it a 4 based on the title, but I don't want to deter anyone from reading it. The title is kind of cheesy and anyone I tell about it says they think it wouldn't be for them. And yes- don't judge a book by its cover. This books has given me really great ideas to try with my family. Already (day 1) I have put some things to test and they seem to be working. I will be listening to the book a second time so I can make sure to write down the parts that I feel would contribute to us personally. Again, great book and great advice!