100 Simple Secrets of Great Relationships What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It

ISBN-10: 0061157902

ISBN-13: 9780061157905

Edition: N/A

Authors: David Niven

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What are the essential qualities of a great relationship? What do people in healthy and happy relationships do differently? Scientists and academics have spent entire careers investigating the nature of relationships, dating, and marriage, yet their findings are inaccessible to ordinary people, hidden in obscure journals read only by other academics. Now the bestselling author of the 100 Simple Secrets series has collected the most current and significant data from more than a thousand studies on relationships and spells out the key findings in plain English. The advice is not based on one person's unique experiences or opinions, but offers for the first time the research of noted scientists studying the lives and loves of average Americans. Each of the findings is accompanied by a true story that shows the results in action. Love is hard to calculate: Researchers have proven that a partner's age, income, education, and religion are unrelated factors in the likelihood of relationship satisfaction. Always trying to win can lead to a major loss: People who feel a sense of competition with their partner are 37 percent less likely to feel that their relationship is satisfying. leave the past in the past: More than 40 percent of people report that jealousy over a previous relationship is a source of conflict in their current relationship.
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Book details

List price: $13.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 6.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

A Note to Readers
Introduction
The Mundane Is Heroic
See Possibilities Where Others See Obstacles
Set Rules for Conflict
Anyone Can Find a Happy Relationship
It's Not How Hard You Try
You Have Nothing to Envy
Attitude Triumphs over Outcome
Don't Be Bound by Tradition
The Past Is Not the Future
No One Wins the Comparison Game
See the Love Around You
Doing Nothing Is Rarely a Solution
You'll Forget the Disagreement but Remember the Disagreeing
Pursue What You Need Forever, Not What You Want Today
Seek Harmony in Your Life
The Relationship Test: Are You Lonely?
It's the Little Things That Matter the Most
A Relationship Requires Two Equals
Beware of Fairy Tales
Cultivate a Common Interest
Treat the Disease, Not the Symptom
There's No Point in Putting On a Show
You Make Your Own History
Maintain Your Sense of Control
Money Can't Buy Love, but It Can Buy Stress
There Are No Mind Readers
There's No Need to Hurry
Friends Speak from Experience-Their Own
Drink Less
Decide Whether You Want to Win or Be Happy
A Sense of Humor Helps
Think Beyond the Engagement
See the Friendship in Your Relationship
The Most Time Is Not the Best Time
Reduce TV Time
The World Will Intrude on Your Relationship
Gentlemen Prefer the Same Things Ladies Prefer
Love Is Blind but Life Isn't Always
Balance Depends on Which Way You Lean
A Relationship by Any Other Name Is Just as Important
The Future Matters More Than the Past
You Don't Have to See Eye to Eye on Everything
Be Open with Each Other
Accentuate the Positive in All Aspects of Your Life
It Helps to Be Friends
Foundations Are Created in the Beginning
Ambivalence Is a Negative
Share Housework
A Relationship Starts with Yourself
Let Go of the Burden of Pain
Develop a Healthy Calm
Think of Your Own Ideal
Stay Flexible
Think About Potential
Even in a Relationship, You Are Still an Individual
Rest Up-This Is Going to Take Some Effort
Like the Way You Look
Don't Romanticize the Past
Share the Praise and Share in the Blame
You Can't Find Without Looking
Meaningful Commitment Is Mutual Commitment
Friendships Predict Relationships
Prepare for Milestones
Don't Bring Your Job Home with You
We Assume Similar Preferences
Don't Let Secrets Eat You Up
To Find a Better Way, Look Where You've Been
Money Matters Less over Time
Recognize the Value of Shared Values
Understand What You're Looking For
Never Let Faults Stand for the Whole
You'll Need Some Relationship Friends
Don't Wait to Start Moving in the Right Direction
Music Can Bring Us Together
Define What You Need
Show You Care, Even When It's Hard To
Make Your Decisions for Positive Reasons
A Relationship Is Built on a Foundation of Support
The Pieces of Your Life Must Fit Together
Master Your Fears
We Are All Much More Alike Than Different
Limit Your Interest in the Past
Get Your Reality from Reality
You Are Never Too Old to Find Love
We Look Inward to See How People Feel About Us
Be Willing to Evolve
Connect, See You're Capable, and Know You Count
Reliability Counts a Lot
You Are Complete by Yourself Intensity Fades
Intensity Fades
Beware Second Opinions
Have Faith but Don't Forget Reality
Pay Attention
Nice People Don't Finish Last
Relationships Are like Modern Art
It's Not Easy, Even if It Looks It
Most People Are Looking for Experienced Rookies
It's for You-or It Isn't
See the Horizon, Watch Your Step
The Search for Perfection Is Endless
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