Marriage Makeover: Simple Ways to Revitalize Your Relationship... Without Your Spouse Even Knowing

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Trying to put the spark back in your most important relationship? Bartlein offers practical tips and insights into building a stronger relationship through everyday acts of love and kindness. Couples often wonder how they can improve their marriages and may invest considerable time and effort in classes, counseling, and encounter" weekends to find the answers. More often, though, they do nothing. They settle into a daily routine that is busy and demanding with little time to think about, let alone implement, ...

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Marriage Makeover: Simple Ways to Revitalize Your Relationship . . . Without Your Spouse Even Knowing

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Trying to put the spark back in your most important relationship? Bartlein offers practical tips and insights into building a stronger relationship through everyday acts of love and kindness. Couples often wonder how they can improve their marriages and may invest considerable time and effort in classes, counseling, and encounter" weekends to find the answers. More often, though, they do nothing. They settle into a daily routine that is busy and demanding with little time to think about, let alone implement, improvements to their marriage. Couples report, "We simply grew apart," or "We no longer enjoy the same things," or "We just did not have time for each other." They drift through their busy lives, putting marriage on the back burner. They are then surprised when it fizzles out. This is unfortunate, because, as Bartlein reveals, with just a little effort, you can create experiences that weave together to strengthen, enhance, and grow your marriage, almost effortlessly."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596528291
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Bartlein, RN, MSW is The People Pro®. A clinical psychotherapist, she has provided couples counseling for more than 25 years and frequently presents at professional conferences and workshops. She has been featured on FOX, CNN, and CBS. Barbara has been happily married to Charlie for more than 30 years and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

How is the health of your relationship? xv

Introduction xix

Part I Doing favors 1

1 Fill up the gas tank 3

2 Change their watch battery 5

3 Put their favorite magazine in the bathroom 7

4 Offer to bring them something 11

5 Remember their parents' birthdays 13

6 Leave the light on if they are late 15

7 Get an oil change for the car 17

8 Light the fireplace 19

9 Let them know what you want for special occasions 21

10 Change the lightbulbs 23

11 Hand them a warm towel after a shower 25

12 Put some extra money in their pocket (or purse) 27

13 Do something you don't want to do 29

14 Give them the remote 31

15 Iron their clothes 33

16 Plan and book a vacation 35

17 Send them a card for no reason 37

Part II Wining and dining 39

18 Fix their favorite meal 41

19 Make hot chocolate with marshmallows (or whipped cream) 45

20 Buy special beer 47

21 Prepare Coq au Vin 51

22 Dine at a fancy restaurant 53

23 Make mimosas for Sunday brunch 57

24 Clean the grill 59

25 Serve hors d'oeuvres (appetizers) 61

26 Eat on the deck or patio 63

27 Put out the fancy dishes 65

28 Celebrate their birthday 67

Part III Touching and connecting 69

29 Mist the bed with a scented spray 71

30 Say "I love you" at least once every day 73

31 Touch them while they are driving 75

32 Spoon in bed 77

33 Play footsie under the table 79

34 Rub your partner's back without being asked 81

35 Let your spouse pick out your perfume or cologne 83

36 Do long hugs 85

37 Give your partner a foot massage 87

38 Hold hands at the movies 89

39 Wear something provocative 93

40 Do unexpected sexual favors 95

41 Learn how to pole dance 97

42 Join your spouse in the shower 99

Part IV Playing together 101

43 Play games they like to play 103

44 Surprise them with a water balloon 107

45 Buy tickets to their favorite rock group 109

46 Dance in the living room 111

47 Laugh at their jokes 113

48 Tickle them 115

49 Hug them from behind when they are doing something 117

Part V Supporting and encouraging 119

50 Shut up and listen 121

51 Buy them a pet 125

52 Start a daily ritual 127

53 Tape their favorite TV program 129

54 Ask them questions about things they are interested in 133

55 Get along with their relatives (even if you don't) 135

56 Compliment them in public 137

57 Accept compliments 139

58 Say "please" and "thank you" 141

59 Forget mistakes 143

60 Reserve a hotel room when you visit the in-laws 145

61 Give heavy doses of encouragement 147

62 Do one of your spouse's chores 149

63 Leave them notes 151

64 Plan a "good news" celebration 153

65 Listen to their dreams 155

66 Ban "always" and "never" from your vocabulary 161

67 Say, "I have confidence in you," and say it often 163

68 Text them during the day with little messages 165

69 Take a yoga class 167

70 Apologize, even if you did nothing wrong 169

71 Accept apologies 173

72 Display their diplomas and awards 177

73 Tell them "I agree" 179

74 Mention how nice your spouse looks 183

75 Have an attitude of gratitude 185

References 189

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