Happiness for Two: 75 Secrets for Finding More Joy Together

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 224 pages
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Pursuing happiness sounds easy, but with so many demands on our time and resources, it can be a challenge. So, how do we find happiness in a relationship—when there are two people who want and deserve to be happy?

Help is here, from a beloved (and blissfully married) lifestyle philosopher whose books and lectures on personal contentment have helped millions and whose popular Happiness Weekends are filled with dating singles, newlyweds, and long-married couples. In brief, readable essays rich in wisdom, practical strategies, and humor, Alexandra Stoddard shows how two people can be happy together, not at each other's expense.

Alexandra's essays help couples make personal happiness a priority ("Encourage each other to do something every day that will boost happiness"), connect in simple, powerful ways ("Give the gift of eye contact"), share decisions ("A home has no boss"), set family priorities ("Don't let children control you"), expand your horizons ("Encourage adventure"), be grateful for each other ("Treat each encounter as though it could be your last"), and have fun ("Live a little!").

Perfect for couples to read alone or together, Happiness for Two brims with useful ideas to help us "love and live happy."

 

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I found many of the tips useful, but I also found the list somewhat repetitive and tedious to read. So I skimmed most of the book. Gotta say, I wasn't enthusiastic about this book at first. I picked ... Read full review

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I must preface this review by humbly admitting that one of the biggest reasons why I enjoy an enduring and loving nine year marriage is due to both spiritual good luck and the fact that my husband is ... Read full review

Contents

Treat Each Encounter as Though It Could Be Your Last
1
Love Live Happy
3
Live at Ten
6
Pay Attention
9
Read Some Quality Literature Regularly
12
Go on Vacations Alone Together
15
Assume More Responsibility at Home
17
Have 5050 Voting Power
20
Allow Each Other Freedom for Contemplation
106
When Necessary Be the Nurse
109
Bring Flowers Home
111
Talk Up Not Down
114
Stop the Teasing
118
Sincerely Say Youre Sorry
119
Encourage Each Other to Have More Fun
121
Dont Move Things from Each Others Personal Spaces
124

Criticize with Kindness
22
Encourage Each Other to Do Something Every Day That Will Boost Happiness
24
No Awkward Surprises
27
Together Explore Your Spirituality
30
Write Each Others New Years Resolutions
33
Celebrate More
37
Work Daily on Your Character
40
Begin Each Encounter with a Smile
48
Dont Let Children Control You
51
Listen with a Third Ear
54
Its Okay to Agree to Disagree
57
Nurture Your Core Identity
59
Surround Yourselves with Mutual Friends
62
Dont Discuss Your Intimacy and Secrets with Others
65
Be There as a Support for All Important Occasions
67
A Home Has No Boss
69
It Feels Good to Look Good
71
When You Are Together Be Together
74
Take Care of Your Own Health
76
Share Sensuous Meal Preparation
79
Encourage Adventures
81
Temper Your Temper
84
Run Errands Together
87
White Lies Are Always Dangerous
89
Write Love Notes
91
Give the Gift of Eye Contact
94
Mess Up Clean Up
96
Offer to Help
98
Establish Your Own Rituals and Traditions
100
Stop Disappearing
102
Keep Business and Personal Affairs in Order
104
Encourage SelfExpression
126
When Treats Become Traps
131
Remember Important Dates
134
Women Like to Talk Things Out
136
Dont Correct Each Other in Public
138
Generous Compliments Lighten the Heart
140
Explore Together Your Invisible Wealth
143
Dont Discuss Weight
147
Try Not to Interrupt
149
TitforTat Is Tiresome
151
Conversations Shouldnt Be Monologues
153
Be More Sentimental and Indulge Each Other
155
Never Pick a Fight
158
Please Dont Say Something Youll Regret
161
Play to Each Others Strengths
163
Set Aside Certain Times for Serious Discussions
165
Control Your Tone
167
Grumpiness Is Contagious
169
Say Its Okay
172
Patience Patience
174
Discover and Rediscover Each Others Passions
176
Eat as Many Meals Together as Possible
179
Set Aside Times to Sit and Read Together
181
Stimulate Your Curiosity
184
Kindness and Diplomacy Win Hearts and Minds
187
Live a Little
190
Me You
192
Your Happiness Is Up to You
195
afterword
199
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Author of twenty-four books, Alexandra Stoddard is a sought-after speaker on the art of living. Through her lectures, articles, and books such as Living a Beautiful Life, Things I Want My Daughters to Know, Time Alive, Grace Notes, Open Your Eyes, and Feeling at Home, she has inspired millions to pursue more fulfilling lives. She lives with her husband in New York City and Stonington Village, Connecticut.

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