The Good-for-You Marriage: How being married can improve your health, prolong your life, and ensure your happiness

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You may joke that your spouse will be the end of you-but the truth is, the intimacy of marriage is critical to your well-being. In fact, studies from Harvard University, University of California, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that your physical, mental, and financial health may depend on your relationship.

A healthy relationship means longer, happier lives for you and your partner. With The Good-for-You Marriage, ...

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Overview

You may joke that your spouse will be the end of you-but the truth is, the intimacy of marriage is critical to your well-being. In fact, studies from Harvard University, University of California, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that your physical, mental, and financial health may depend on your relationship.

A healthy relationship means longer, happier lives for you and your partner. With The Good-for-You Marriage, you'll address the issues that affect your marriage most-and learn how to:

  • Manage family finances to eliminate money disputes
  • Establish social networks with other married couples
  • Promote healthy lifestyles by eating better and exercising together
  • Keep the spark and romantic passion alive
  • Raise healthy, loving children into responsible adults
Build and maintain a loving relationship-and you'll live a long, fulfilling life-together!
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Editorial Reviews

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As Haltzman (psychiatry & human behavior, Brown Univ.; The Secrets of Happily Married Men) knows-he's been married for 20 years-the idea of shaping one's marriage without it seeming like another job appeals to most women. Together with DiGeronimo (Raising Baby Green), he here proposes that men are hardwired to please women and that if a knowledgeable wife tailors her message to the way her husband can hear it, she will enjoy a deeper connection and achieve happiness without compromise. In a manner somewhat similar to John Gray's in Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the authors advise married female readers to speak in shorter sentences, directly ask for what they want, and take charge of their own spiritual and intellectual needs.

Couples counselor Isaacson (The Birth Order Effect: How To Better Understand Yourself and Others) and writer Schneider, meanwhile, help readers navigate the rough spots of marriage-e.g., finances, children, health practices, and potential infidelity-by providing guidelines for fair fighting and ideas for playing in the bedroom. The latter book is a kind of encyclopedia on what to expect in marriage, while the former is more a users' guide. Both are well done and recommended to update marital self-help sections.


—Deborah Bigelow
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598694765
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Cliff Isaacson is the author of several books and has given more than 30,000 counseling sessions to thousands of people, with particular emphasis on marriage relationships. He is the father of five grown children and lives in northwest Iowa with his wife of 52 years, Kathy.

Meg Schneider is an award-winning writer with more than a decade of experience in television, radio, and print journalism. She has received writing awards from the Iowa Associated Press Managing Editors, the New York State Associated Press, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and more.

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Table of Contents


Why Marriage Is Good for You     1
Sharing the Wealth     21
Keeping Your Sanity     37
Goodbye, Lonelyheartsville     51
Raising Healthy, Loving Children     67
It's a Date!     85
More Fun in the Bedroom     99
Reining in Cheating Hearts     117
Fighting Right     133
Building a Healthier Life Together     147
The Confidence Factor     165
Adjusting to the Empty Nest     179
Into the Sunset, Hand in Hand     195
Smoothing the Rough Edges     213
Staying Safe     219
References     227
Index     239
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