Building a Love that Lasts: The Seven Surprising Secrets of Successful Marriage
September 2011, Jossey-Bass
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.
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.
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.
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.