[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Happy Families

Jürgen Kaut jkaut at xplornet.com
Mon Feb 18 09:53:34 PST 2013


the author is bruce feiler, i think

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From: "Richard Benert" <benovich at live.com>
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Sent: Monday, February 18, 2013 7:21 AM
Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Happy Families

> In yesterday’s Sunday supplement, “Parade,” was an article on the 
> ingredients for creating happy families.  First on the list:
> “When a team of psychologists measured children’s resilience, they found 
> that the kids who ______ were best able to handle stress.
> (a) Ate the same breakfast every day
> (b) Knew the most about their family’s history
> (c) Played team sports
> (d) Attended regular religious services
> Answer: (b). The more children know about their family’s history, the 
> stronger their sense of control over their lives and the higher their 
> self-esteem.  The reason:  These children have a strong sense of 
> “intergenerational self”—they understand that they belong to something 
> bigger than themselves, and that families naturally experience both highs 
> and lows.”
> Perhaps most surprising is that (b) came in ahead of (d)!  Here’s a good 
> addition to our vocabulary:  “intergenerational self.”
> This article was based on a book by William Morrow, “The Secrets of Happy 
> Families”, just published.  In it, I assume one can find a reference to 
> this study and the team of psychologists who did it.
> I’d assume that the principle applies to adults, too?
> Dick Benert
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