5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great
By Terri L. Orbuch
(Delacorte Press, Hardcover, 9780385342865, 272pp.)
Publication Date: October 27, 2009
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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.
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 VoiceAmerica.com, she’s been a marriage therapist for more than twenty years. She lives in Michigan with her husband.
"For couples in search of a relationship roadmap, this invaluable guide could well make the difference between a marriage that fails versus one that succeeds."—Ian Kerner, Ph.D., sex therapist and author of She Comes First
"After 20 years of researching relationships and marriage, Dr. Terri Orbuch has put pen to paper to write 5 Simple Steps. I only want to know: What took her so long! She takes cutting-edge research from the halls of academia and applies it to the homes (and bedrooms) of married couples. She has produced a brilliant guide to marital happiness with humor, warmth and a personal touch that will inspire couples for years to come."—Scott Haltzman, M.D., clinical assistant professor, Brown University Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, and author of The Secrets of Happy Families
"Here, in a practical and inspiring book, Dr. Terri Orbuch shares her considerable wisdom and insights with couples who want to transform their marriage into the partnership they always wanted. Dr. Orbuch blends scholarly research with clinical sensitivity to provide couples with specific guidelines for reinvigorating closeness and rekindling their marriage. There are simple but powerful suggestions here for couples to follow, to benefit them at every stage of their relationship."—Thomas Bradbury, Ph.D., professor and co-director, UCLA Relationship Institute