Topic: Happy Home and Happy Family

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1. Happy families...know who they are.
When your family agrees on its core values — and consistently lives by those standards — you'll build a stronger family identity and reduce conflict.

The truth is, happy families have cranky kids, messy houses, and money struggles, just like everyone else. But underneath it all, they have a core of contentment that sustains them through all of life's ups and downs. "Being happy as a family is something deeper than simply having fun together or feeling the immediate euphoria of a joyful event like opening presents on Christmas morning," explains REDBOOK Love Network expert Scott Haltzman, M.D., author of the new book . "A happy family is a family that has a deep sense of meaning and purpose in their lives." When you have that, he adds, the lows feel more manageable, because you can put them into perspective — and the highs are more memorable. Here, your keys to building a family life that will make your guy, your kids, and truly happy.

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Yup I'm the kind of person who wants to have a happy family next time when I'm older.
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2016 Youth Empowerment ConferenceSave the Date for Happy Family's First Youth Empowerment Conference!Two days of content September 30 - October 1, 2016!Would you like to be a presenter for the 2016 Youth Empowerment Conference?The Call for Submissi...

Every mom wants to create and nurture a happy family. But if your own childhood wasn't so sunny, how do you know what that looks like? And even if you had a blissful upbringing, it's not always easy to define what, exactly, made your family life joyful. Was it the silly games you played on road trips, or the freedom you had to roam in and out of your neighbors' yards? Was it that you had good fortune never to experience a major tragedy, or was it that you had a close-knit clan that pulled together to support one another no matter what? Most of all, how can you make sure that the family you have now will be happy for the long haul?