100 Simple Secrets of Great Relationships

What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It

By David Niven
HarperOne, Paperback, 9780061157905, 221pp.

Publication Date: November 2006

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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.

About the Author
Niven is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University.

Praise For 100 Simple Secrets of Great Relationships

“Like a good Irish sermon, each of these 100 secrets is meaningful, satisfying, and quickly delivered.”
-Library Journal

“How does one find happiness, that elusive emotion? Social scientist David Niven has helped unlock the mystery.”
-Columbus Dispatch

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