What Makes a Marriage Work?


A collection of fifty insights to help couples navigate the turbulent sea of matrimony. Featuring 34 New Yorker cartoons of wit and wisdom.

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A collection of fifty insights to help couples navigate the turbulent sea of matrimony. Featuring 34 New Yorker cartoons of wit and wisdom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930754478
  • Publisher: Durban House Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 149
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I Acceptance
1 For richer, for poorer
2 In sickness and in health
3 Till death do us part
Part II Communication
4 Express your feelings
5 If you can't say it, write it
6 Avoid a simple discussion turning into an argument
7 Listen, Listen, Listen
8 Avoid "I can't-stand-it-itis"
9 Be less critical
10 To thine own self be true
Part III Conflict Resolution
11 Confront problems before they confront you
12 Know when to call a "Time-Out"
13 Men and women differ genetically
14 Don't dredge up ancient history
15 Pick the right time and place for discussions
16 Never go to bed angry
17 Anger sets the stage for more anger
18 Don't catastrophize
19 Nagging is in the ear of the beholder
20 Words have the power to hurt or heal
21 Ask for what you need
22 Compromise is not a dirty word
Part IV Attitude
23 Laughter is the best medicine
24 How to handle lust
25 Open an Emotional Bank Account
26 Loyalty--love's beachhead on the shores of eternity
27 Commitment is more than participation
28 Things do not change--we change
29 Sharing is unconditional giving
30 Let there be spaces in your togetherness
31 Respect is love in plain clothes
32 Treasure your children
33 Honor your in-laws
34 Learn to cope with stress
35 Meditation can quiet your mind and relax your body
36 Stay healthy and physically fit
Part V Renewal
37 Watch more sunsets
38 Share romantic moments
39 Take a weekend mini-vacation
40 Give a gift for no reason
41 Be spontaneous
42 Plan a party
43 Travel together to interesting places
Part VI Future
44 An objective is a dream with a deadline
45 Be realistic about sex and money
46 Cultivate new interests
47 Get thee to an elderhostel
48 Ten commandments for loving couples
49 Family matters
50 Keep your promises
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