Building a Love that LastsThe Seven Surprising Secrets of Successful Marriage
The "Best Relationship Book of 2008" is now in paperback Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz's award-winning book reveals how to sustain a long-term loving marriage. In addition to exploring the seven key ingredients that define a successful marriage—togetherness, truthfulness, respect and kindness, staying fit, joint finances, tactile communication, and surprise and unpredictability—the authors have included hundreds of insightful and practical interviews with happy couples. Focuses on what's right about a successful relationship, rather than what's wrong Written by a popular and very active couple known as "the marriage doctors," who lead lectures, training, workshops, and other events every week all over the country Contains candid interviews with a diverse collection of happily married couples from around the world This book offers a positive, upbeat approach to living happily ever after.
Special Thanks. Introduction. The Marriage Quiz. Chapter 1 How Will I Know I Am in Love? Chapter 2 Learning to Dance. Chapter 3 Character in Love and Marriage. Chapter 4 It's the Little Things That Matter. Chapter 5 Nicknames: the Private Code for Love. Chapter 6 And Then . . . Along Came Kids. Chapter 7 Seven Secrets #1: It Takes Two to Tango. Chapter 8 Seven Secrets #2: No Sacred Cows. Chapter 9 Seven Secrets #3: the Golden Rule. Chapter 10 Seven Secrets #4: Your Body Is Your Castle. Chapter 11 Seven Secrets #5: Filing a Joint Return. Chapter 12 Seven Secrets #6: the Loving Touch Chapter 13 Seven Secrets #7: Beyond Boring. Chapter 14 Seven Secrets to Avoiding the Seven-Year Itch. Chapter 15 the Stress Test. Chapter 16 Marriage as a Torch Red Convertible. Chapter 17 a Tribute to Lasting Love. Chapter 18 Failure Is an Option. Chapter 19 Reflections on Love and Marriage. Appendix. The Benefits of Marriage. A Seven-Week Program for Developing Ongoing Sharing in Your Marriage. Salad Recipes from “America's #1 Love and Marriage Experts”. Filing a Joint Return Activity. Marriage as a Torch Red Convertible Activity. About the Authors. Index.
Dr. Charles D. Schmitz is dean and professor of counseling and family therapy, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth A. Schmitz, is president of their joint enterprise, Successful Marriage Reflections, LLC. Married for 43-plus years, they live in St. Louis, Missouri.
In this best-selling book, America's #1 love and marriage experts Drs. Charles D. and Elizabeth A. Schmitz show what it takes to create and sustain a long-term loving marriage. Step-by-step they reveal their "Seven Surprising Secrets of Successful Marriage" that define a happy relationship—togetherness, truthfulness, respect and kindness, staying fit, joint finances, tactile communication, and surprise and unpredictability. Taking an upbeat, positive approach to living happily ever after, Building a Love That Lasts helps couples focus on what's right in their partnership rather than on what's wrong. The book includes many inspiring and beautiful stories of couples who've been together for at least 30 years. Praise for Building a Love That Lasts "This book will make a positive difference in your life." —Dr.Cheryl Beamer, vice president, The Gallup Organization "The resonating theme of this wonderful book is that love is simple to understand and to make work." —Dr. Mark Pope, past president, American Counseling Association "[This book] gives tips and anecdotes about how to help build loving and lasting marital relationships." —Sandy and Pris McDonnell, benefactors for Character Education; Sandy McDonnell, former CEO, McDonnell Douglas Corporation "Provides a refreshing and uplifting perspective into one of society's most valuable institutions." —Dr. Robert Frank, Ph.D., president, Illuminor LLC, Dallas, Texas "I know for a fact that the Schmitzes have captured what it takes to make marriage work. I love their book!" —Dr. Blanche M. Touhill, former chancellor, University of Missouri-St. Louis
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