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For Better: How the Surprising Science of Happy Couples Can Help Your Marriage Succeed

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Take The For Better Quiz #3: Defining Your Love Style.

"The most credible and interesting marital self-help book of all time." -Newsweek

Tara Parker-Pope's Well column in The New York Times has made her one of the most popular and e-mailed journalists in the nation. In this eye-opening-and ultimately optimistic-look at marriage today, Parker-Pope reveals the heart behind the statistics to bust the myths and ...

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For Better: How the Surprising Science of Happy Couples Can Help Your Marriage Succeed

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Overview

Take The For Better Quiz #3: Defining Your Love Style.

"The most credible and interesting marital self-help book of all time." -Newsweek

Tara Parker-Pope's Well column in The New York Times has made her one of the most popular and e-mailed journalists in the nation. In this eye-opening-and ultimately optimistic-look at marriage today, Parker-Pope reveals the heart behind the statistics to bust the myths and share the true secrets to marital happiness. Among her surprising findings: • most marriages today are succeeding
• newlywed couples who don't fight are at a higher risk for divorce than those who do
• how couples divide household chores influences how often they have sex

Whatever their stage of life or marital status, readers will be fascinated and buoyed by this classic in the making.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452297104
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 769,773
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tara Parker-Pope, who writes the "Well" blog for The New York Times, is one of the newspaper's most popular and most e-mailed journalists. She appears regularly on radio and television, including Today, Good Morning America, and CNN. Parker-Pope lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Scientific Study of Marriage 1

part i For Better 7

Chapter 1 For Better or for Worse: Sizing Up Modern Marriage 9

Chapter 2 Forsaking All Others: The Science of Commitment 22

Chapter 3 To Love and to Cherish: Flirting, Attraction, and Chemical Passion 47

Chapter 4 The Science of Sex: What Really Happens in the Marriage Bed 73

Chapter 5 In Sickness and in Health: How Does Marriage Impact Your Health? 93

part ii For Worse (But You Want It to Be Better) 121

Chapter 6 The Science of Your Marriage: Diagnosing the Health of a Relationship 123

Chapter 7 The Science of Conflict: Marital Spats and the Rules of Engagement 144

Chapter 8 The Science of Parenting: How to Care for Your Marriage and Your Kids 164

Chapter 9 The Chore Wars: The Science of Housework 192

Chapter 10 For Richer or for Poorer: When Money Problems Become Marriage Problems 210

part iii From This Day Forward 229

Chapter 11 Your Better Half: Overcoming Gender Roles and Power Struggles 231

Chapter 12 To Have and to Hold: Assessing Your Risk for Divorce 251

Chapter 13 The Science of a Good Marriage: A Prescription for Marital Health 270

Acknowledgments 293

The For Better Workbook: Quizzes and Exercises to Help You Rate Your Relationship 295

Notes 329

Index 349

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