Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts

Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts

Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts

Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts


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How do you get to “happily ever after”?

In fairy tales, lasting love just happens. But in real life, healthy habits are what build happiness over the long haul. Happy Together, written by positive psychology experts and husband-and-wife team Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James O. Pawelski, is the first book on using the principles of positive psychology to create thriving romantic relationships. Combining extensive scientific research and real-life examples, this book will help you find and feed the good in yourself and your partner. You will learn to develop key habits for building and sustaining long-term love by:

   • Promoting a healthy passion
   • Prioritizing positive emotions
   • Mindfully savoring experiences together
   • Seeking out strengths in each other
Through easy-to-follow methods and fun exercises, you’ll learn to strengthen your partnership, whether you’re looking to start a relationship off on the right foot, weather difficult times, reignite passion, or transform a good marriage into a great one.

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ISBN-13: 9780143130598
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 416,336
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

SUZANN (“Suzie”) PILEGGI PAWELSKI, MAPP, is a freelance writer and well-being consultant specializing in the science of happiness and its effects on relationships and health. She has a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her 2010 Scientific American Mind cover story, "The Happy Couple," was the catalyst for this book. Suzie blogs for Psychology Today and writes the "Science of Well-being" column for Live Happy, where she is also a contributing editor. Previously, she directed award-winning media relations campaigns for Fortune 500 clients and worked in publicity at Radio City Music Hall and as an associate producer for HBO Downtown Productions and The Joan Rivers Show.

JAMES PAWELSKI, Ph.D., is Professor of Practice and Director of Education in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he cofounded the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program with Martin Seligman. The Founding Executive Director of IPPA, he is currently leading a three-year, multi-million-dollar grant investigating connections between the science of well-being and the arts and humanities. An international keynote speaker, he has presented in more than 20 countries on 6 continents. He is frequently featured in the media, including the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Today Show.

Together, Suzie and James regularly lead Romance and Research (TM) workshops around the world.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman xiii

Introduction: Becoming Happy Together 1

Chapter 1 Is Love Really All You Need? 7

Part 1 The Philosophy and Psychology Behind Long-Lasting Love 25

Chapter 2 What Aristotle Can Teach Us About Building Love That Lasts 27

Chapter 3 Promoting Passion in Your Partnership 46

Chapter 4 The Importance of Practicing Positive Emotions 70

Chapter 5 Slowing Down to Savor 102

Part 2 Why Cultivating Character Matters for Committed Relationships 123

Chapter 6 Know Thyself: Identifying Your Strengths 125

Chapter 7 Know Your Partner: Applying Your Strengths in Your Relationship 145

Chapter 8 The Gratitude Dance 168

Chapter 9 "It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Right" 191

Conclusion: Love Is an Action Verb 219

Building Happy Together 229

Acknowledgments 231

Resources 237

Notes 239

Index 250

About the Authors 255

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