Want More Happiness? Use the “Overcoming Your Difficult Family” Approach


Tom Marcoux holds Dr. Eric Maisel ‘s book “Overcoming Your Difficult Family.”

Imagine that you could minimize conflict and maximize good feelings in your family relationships. Author Eric Maisel, PhD takes us on an empowering journey with his book Overcoming Your Difficult Family: 8 Skills for Thriving in Any Family Situation. On page 2, Dr. Maisel writes:

“You may be accustomed to thinking of your ‘symptoms’ like feeling nervous, sad, or distracted, as ‘personal’ problems. But they may be family problems, including lingering family-of-origin problems. Families can be toxic and can cause disturbances. You may find your ‘personal’ problems dramatically reduce when you overcome your present or past difficult family!”

Dr. Maisel invites us to learn to be smart as in “aware, insightful, savvy, and strategic” with dealing with our family (p. 13).

On page 23, the author invites us to develop a “Warrior’s Mind”—that is, one learns to be “resolute about thinking only thoughts that serve” the person. It’s crucial to develop personal strength.

Dr. Maisel provides powerful stories and examples to help us develop the inner strength and strategic actions to improve our family life. He invites us to develop resilience as “the ability—and the willingness—to shake off slights, insults, criticism, and regrets for the sake of moving forward and living the best life possible.” (p.68)

The author shares pragmatic ways to increase closeness and foster forgiveness. On page 110, he discusses “Three Ceremonies.” He recommends that one considers: “Making a Peace Offering … At the appointed time, [you] arrive with your peace offering—say, a pizza that you both like. Say, ‘I brought us a pizza to share as a peace offering. I wonder if there’s a way we can make peace? Do you think there might be a chance?’”

On page 176, Dr. Maisel notes that we can experience a time when “you are quietly and calmly living.” He emphasizes: “To live like this, you must believe that you matter.”

My friend, you do matter. It is suggested that 80% of happiness rises from our relationships. Still, 80% of our unhappiness can come from a difficult family.

Treat yourself well. Get this book, Overcoming Your Difficult Family, and create your better life.


Tom Marcoux
Spoken Word Strategist

CEO/Speaker/Executive Coach
YourBodySoulandProsperity.com (visitors from 94 countries)

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