The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple

How to Make Happiness A Habit One Little Loving Thing at A Time

Book - 2013
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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 ways--over 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: Oakland, Calif. : New Harbinger Publications, c2013.
ISBN: 9781608828722
1608828727
Characteristics: xii, 178 p.

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ksoles Feb 03, 2015

Multi-award winning psychotherapist, Barton Goldsmith, believes that the secret to a satisfying partnership lies in little things. In his diminutive but powerful new book, Goldsmith explains how couples can transform their bad habits into good ones and rebuild a relationship from the ground up.

Goldsmith asserts that bad habits start with complacency; you get used to your partner bringing you a coffee and eventually stop thanking him/her. And if the coffee-bearer doesn't point out the omission of gratitude, bad habits continue and resentment builds. Couples often take each other for granted after a period of time but the antidote comes in small gestures: hellos, goodbyes, hugs and kisses.

"The Happy Couple" only refers to heterosexual relationships though its advice and exercises could certainly benefit any demographic. The opening chapter on communication, for example, teaches the silent types both how to open up by asking clarifying questions and how to develop emotional expression. If a couple struggles to find fun things to do together, Goldsmith suggests easy, smile-inducing moments: take a walk, trade massages, have tea together on the couch. Remember to be nice.

Ultimately, the book boils down to simple but often forgotten advice: love each other every day and don't fear saying "I'm sorry."

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