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Bad habits: we all have them! But what happens when these bad habits extend to our relationships? Whether it's interrupting your partner mid-sentence, acting bored when they are speaking, or teasing them in hurtful waysover time these bad habits can lead to resentment, and can mean the difference between a wonderful, close relationship, and one characterized by conflict or unhappiness. Fortunately, for all of us, good relationship habits can be learned (or re-learned), and bad habits can be un-learned.
Named one of “America’s Top Therapists” by Cosmopolitan magazine, prominent Los Angeles-based psychologist and radio talk show host Barton Goldsmith, PhD, offers readers simple, accessible tips and tools for developing and strengthening positive relationship habits such as gratitude, humor, togetherness, and honesty.
Habits can be hard to break, but if you love someone, you’ve got to make sacrifices. When you consider that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, it becomes clear that many of us may need help in making a relationship thrive. The Happy Couple shows how simple acts of kindness and generosity can increase the likelihood of a relationship being happy, healthy, and long-lasting.
|Publisher:||New Harbinger Publications|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Barton Goldsmith, PhD, is a multi-award winning psychotherapist, a syndicated columnist and radio host, and a recognized keynote speaker. He has appeared on many television shows and is frequently interviewed by the national press. He was named by Cosmopolitan magazine as one of America’s top therapists, and is the author of a number of books, including Emotional Fitness for Couples and Emotional Fitness for Intimacy.
Foreword writer Harville Hendrix, PhD, is co-creator of Imago relationship therapy, and is known internationally for his work with couples. Hendrix is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Getting the Love You Want and Keeping the Love You Find.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The overview presented for this book does not accurately represent the spirit of the book. The overview implies that the book is about the "Don'ts" in a marriage. In reality, this book is about the "Do's" . The beauty of this piece is how it present guidelines for relationships that come from a positive perspective. The book is about how to create positive habits that enhance the quality of a marriage (or quite frankly, most any relationship). I read this book concurently with a very negative manual of relationship-building called "Too Close, Too Soon". The contrast of perspective made me especially appreciate this guide. The fact is, our brain is not wired to do well with "Don't". Repeat to yourself "Don't eat chocolate", and all you can think about it chocolate. This book recognizes that truth and instead focuses on filling your brain and your relationship with positive, loving habits. I am half of a very successful 25 year marriage. We are very often asked how we stay so happy. Though we obviously did not read this book 25 years ago, it contains many suggestions that we long ago implemented. I read this book after being asked to recommend a book for young couples, and I would indeed recommend it as an excellent start. (It is also a quick, pleasant, light-hearted read.)