Happiness for Two: 75 Secrets for Finding More Joy Together
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Happiness for Two: 75 Secrets for Finding More Joy Together

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by Alexandra Stoddard
     
 

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Pursuing happiness sounds easy, but with so many demands on our time and resources, it can be a challenge. So, how do we find happiness in a relationship—when there are two people who want and deserve to be happy?

Help is here, from a beloved (and blissfully married) lifestyle philosopher whose books and lectures on personal contentment have helped

Overview

Pursuing happiness sounds easy, but with so many demands on our time and resources, it can be a challenge. So, how do we find happiness in a relationship—when there are two people who want and deserve to be happy?

Help is here, from a beloved (and blissfully married) lifestyle philosopher whose books and lectures on personal contentment have helped millions and whose popular Happiness Weekends are filled with dating singles, newlyweds, and long-married couples. In brief, readable essays rich in wisdom, practical strategies, and humor, Alexandra Stoddard shows how two people can be happy together, not at each other's expense.

Alexandra's essays help couples make personal happiness a priority ("Encourage each other to do something every day that will boost happiness"), connect in simple, powerful ways ("Give the gift of eye contact"), share decisions ("A home has no boss"), set family priorities ("Don't let children control you"), expand your horizons ("Encourage adventure"), be grateful for each other ("Treat each encounter as though it could be your last"), and have fun ("Live a little!").

Perfect for couples to read alone or together, Happiness for Two brims with useful ideas to help us "love and live happy."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061435638
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
704,133
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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Happiness for Two
75 Secrets for Finding More Joy Together

Chapter One

Treat Each Encounter as Though It Could Be Your Last

Each day should be passed as though it were our last.

Publilius Syrus

When we think of each encounter as though it could be the last, there is a poetic tenderness that perfumes the atmosphere. We're living in the post-9/11 era, with a raised consciousness about how vulnerable we are. We never know if we will ever see each other again. The wisest way to keep our love fresh is to be aware of how deeply intertwined our lives are. When we live in the heart of each moment together, if and when our lover is taken from us, we will have few regrets.

What would you do differently if this moment together were your last? Think of someone you love who has died. Do you remember the last time you were together? Do you recall what you said and did?

We should keep our relationship up-to-date, moment by moment. It doesn't matter where we are or what the circumstances are as long as we're together. Now, remind yourself, you have each other and can hold each other affectionately. This acute awareness of the fragility of our love affair should change the way we think and act. Now may be the only time we have.

From this day forward, gently enjoy the sacred bond between you. Whenever we live in this consciousness, it sparks the flames of love and intensifies our appreciation of the moment and of the shortness of life on earth.

I have found sublime happiness with Peter. I know this paradise on earth will not last forever. I'm aware at the same time that theenergy of love never dies. While we have this blessing of our love for each other, we intend to treasure every moment we're privileged to be alive, in love, and together.

It is my fervent wish for you that each time you are with your lover, you will know anew how rare your happiness is, and your heart will overflow with appreciation.

When two souls in love meet and find happiness for two, this is the greatest blessing we can have bestowed upon us on this fleeting earthly journey. With all our relationships, when we understand each encounter as though it could be our last, we honor ourselves and others. See the light in your lover and others and openly express your gratitude and love.

Treasure each other in the recognition that we do not know how long we shall have each other.
Joshua Loth Liebman

Happiness for Two
75 Secrets for Finding More Joy Together
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Meet the Author

Author of twenty-four books, Alexandra Stoddard is a sought-after speaker on the art of living. Through her lectures, articles, and books such as Living a Beautiful Life, Things I Want My Daughters to Know, Time Alive, Grace Notes, Open Your Eyes, and Feeling at Home, she has inspired millions to pursue more fulfilling lives. She lives with her husband in New York City and Stonington Village, Connecticut.

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Happiness for Two: 75 Secrets for Finding More Joy Together 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
I must preface this review by humbly admitting that one of the biggest reasons why I enjoy an enduring and loving nine year marriage is due to both spiritual good luck and the fact that my husband is both patient and unconditionally loving to me. Additionally, we both support and stand by each other through both good and challenging times. As a result, I have full faith and trust that we are going to enjoy a loving and lasting marriage for the rest of our current lifetimes on earth. With all that said, I obtained &ldquo;Happiness For Two: 75 Secrets For Finding More Joy Together&rdquo; by Alexandra Stoddard as more of a way to add to my already blessed marriage. &ldquo;Encourage Each Other To Do Something Every Day That Will Boost Happiness&rdquo;, &ldquo;Allow Each Other For Freedom and Contemplation&rdquo; and &ldquo;Encouraging Self Expression&rdquo;, are among some of the multiple helpful tidbits in Stoddard&rsquo;s guide. &ldquo;Happiness For Two&rdquo;: 75 Secrets For Finding More Joy Together&rdquo; by Alexandra Stoddard is a great book for those who are married and/or in a romantic partnership.
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rtoRO More than 1 year ago
Stoddard, an interior designer and inspirational writer, offers a blend of personal experience and insights into what keeps a relationship going and growing. An insightful, delightful read.