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5 Simple Steps To Take Your Marriage From Good To Great

Ph.D., Terri L. Orbuch
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ISBN 9780385342865
Publisher Random House USA Inc
Publication Date 15/04/2010
Pages 224
Weight 413 g
Dimension 21.4 × 14.8 × 2.8 cm
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This New York Times bestseller in hardcover edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM111.93 (Hardcover). Now here Only at RM25.


☞ What makes marriages last?
☞ What makes couples happy?
☞ Is it possible for a so-so marriage to become a great one?

From Dr. Terri Orbuch, the renowned therapist and nationally recognized relationship expert known as The Love Doctor®, comes a book that breaks new ground in marital relationships.

The head researcher in a large-scale, unprecedented study funded by the National Institutes of Health—which has followed 373 couples for more than twenty-two years and is ongoing—Dr. Orbuch made some remarkable discoveries about happiness, sexuality, human mating patterns, and relationship longevity.

In 5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great, she releases the study’s findings to the public in a book for the first time, sharing her insights and never-before-revealed strategies for improving and enhancing your marriage—at every stage.

Do you remember the feeling of first being in love? Based on the latest research about what works in happy marriages, Dr. Orbuch offers an accessible, step-by-step roadmap for reconnecting with those feelings and gaining a deeper appreciation for the things you and your spouse share.

She defines the five simple strategies to help couples navigate the daily minefield of marriage…from defusing frustrations that erode your relationship to the simple things that will keep your partner happy…from the 10-minute rule to help you really get to know your spouse to reducing boredom and weeding out unprofitable behaviors.

Filled with exercises, check lists, and some surprising statistics, 5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great will help you bring happiness, joy and fulfillment to the most important relationship of your life.

Dr. Terri Orbuch conducted a 20 years scientific research among 373 married couples, and shares her findings.
➽ What does a happy marriage consists of?
➽ What could men and women do to renew or reignite their marriage?

After a foreword by Pepper Schwartz, Ph. D., Terri kicks off, focusing on the positives to make good marriages great. She explains her 5 steps:

1. Expect less, get more.
Frustration is the leading reason marriages are unhappy. Having realistic expectations and knowing you partner’s expectations keep frustration in check, and leads to marital happiness.

2. Give incentives and rewards.
Frequent affective affirmation and support for your partner is key. Have daily briefings, not task-based or an overview of your agenda. True heart-to-heart communication on a personal level, day by day keeps the doctor away.

3. Have daily briefing
Here the author discusses “10 minute rule” which is quite interesting.

4. Implement change.
It’s not about changing your partner, which is bound to fail. Little changes to your behaviour, a little more patience, expression of love, etc. will be more effective.

5. Keep costs low, benefits high when it comes to difficult topics as dealing with jealousy, in-laws, dividing household chores, and fights.

5 Simple Steps… provide a framework for interdepency, honesty, respect, trust and safety in a marriage bound by love.

Beyond the honeymoon weeks and declining sexual activity, there’s a lot that can make or break a happy couple.

Quizzes, exercises, self-assessments and assignments to both readers and their partners provide resources for self-reflection and practice.

Research-based tips, eye-openers, busted myths, statistics, and entertaining trivia about marriage and love are the add-on to this toolkit.

Highly recommended.

About the Author
In addition to her role as the project director of The Early Years of Marriage Project, Terri L. Orbuch, Ph.D., is research professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and a professor at Oakland University. The host of the weekly “ The Love Doctor®” radio show” on, she’s been a marriage therapist for more than twenty years. She lives in Michigan with her husband.

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