24 Of The Best Relationship Books Ever

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It is not uncommon for people to write off relationship help books as being cheesy and not applicable to real life.

However, the advice given in quality self-help books written by professionals and thought leaders can have a huge positive impact on your life.

One of the most important areas for awareness and growth is in your marriage or love relationship.

Relationships are a learning lab for developing empathy, healthy communication, intimacy, and trust.

Whether or not your relationship is going well, it’s a good idea for couples to read relationship books.

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51 Powerful Getting To Know You Questions

Getting to Know You Questions

In your daily life, you encounter a variety of situations in which you need or want to know someone better.

You meet clients or customers at work.

You’re introduced to a potential new friend.

Or you start dating someone new who might turn out to be a romantic partner.

In all of these situations, you’ll need to ask some getting to know you questions to learn more about the person beyond the superficial chit-chat when you first meet.

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Are You In A Healthy Relationship? Get Your Answer With The Couples Quiz

Couples Quiz

Do you ever think about how the health of your relationship impacts the rest of your life?

When you are more intentional about your relationship, it becomes the learning laboratory for your personal evolution.

You learn relationship habits and skills that help you heal the past and move forward with more self-awareness, emotional maturity, and confidence.

As you both grow as individuals, your relationship will evolve past the heady intoxication of your early love to a more mature and satisfying intimacy.

But how do couples evolve past conflict, boredom, and disengagement to build a healthy relationship that stands the test of time?

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10 Must-Know Signs Of Relationship Compatibility

When you’re in a new relationship, everything about the person you are seeing seems perfect.

You put your best foot forward, and so do they.

Finally, you’ve found your soul mate — someone who meets all of your criteria for the perfect man or woman.

But as the bloom fades from the new romance, you realize that some of your criteria boxes haven’t been checked.

Your perfect partner has pulled a bait and switch or maybe never had the desirable qualities to begin with.

According to University of Maryland professor, Ty Tashiro, 88 percent of people believe soul mates are real.

However, this fairy tale view of romance negatively impacts the likelihood that couples will stay together in the long term.

“All this wishing has led to a case of wanting everything and getting nothing,” says Tashiro his book, The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love.

Though 90 percent of people will get hitched in their lifetimes, only three in ten stay together — factoring in a 50 percent divorce and separation rate.

People want everything in a partner and are therefore more likely to end up with nada.

However, Tashiro offers a more positive directive for dating hopefuls seeking to find somebody to love:  don’t lose hope — lose the idealism.

Take a closer look at yourself, where you are, what your needs are, and what real compatibility means.

Bitten by the love bug but wondering if Mr. or Ms. Right might not be right for you?

These 10 signs of relationship compatibility can help you figure it out:

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25 Relationship Quotes To Inspire Intimacy And Love

Your love relationship is the most important relationship you will ever have. Do you agree?

It is in this intimate relationship (or marriage) that we have the opportunity to grow and evolve into the person we want to be. This is especially so when you and your partner treat one another with tenderness, respect, and admiration.

Within this relationship, you can heal past wounds, comfortably be your true self, and stretch yourself without fear of failure or judgment.

However, if you and your partner are more self-focused than you are attentive to the relationship and one another, your closeness and joy will begin to wither. Your connection can devolve into defensiveness, frustration, stonewalling, and hurt feelings.

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How To Rebuild Trust When You’ve Been Hurt Or Betrayed By Your Love Partner

You wonder why the bank account has gotten so low, only to discover your partner has been spending without telling you.

You overhear your spouse sharing your most private information with her best friend after she promised to keep it confidential.

Your partner lashes out at you in anger and threatens to leave you.

Couples can do and say thoughtless and unkind things to one another, things that erode intimacy and security in the relationship.

Once this happens, it can be hard to rebuild trust when you have been so deeply hurt or betrayed by your partner.

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How to Maintain Emotional Stability When Loved Ones Are Far Away

emotional stability

When you move far away from all your support systems, your community, and even your partner, it can be hard to maintain emotional stability.

When I first boarded a plane across the ocean by myself, I realized all that I was leaving behind. The beginning excitement of my time overseas kept me distracted, but ultimately, it can begin to tear at the heart when your loved ones are miles away.

I wondered how I could maintain emotional stability while being so far away from my family, friends, and my relationship. I suddenly had to learn how to manage llong-distance-relationship”>ong-distance relationships and feel secure on my own.

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10 Healing Steps To Move On From A Relationship

Move On From A Relationship

Getting over a break-up is gut-wrenching. There’s no other word for it.

I have been both the recipient and the instigator of ending a relationship, and both scenarios create their own brand of personal anguish.

I still ache at the feelings of rejection I experienced when I heard the words, “I want to break up.”

And I feel a surge of sadness and guilt recalling the times I had to say, “I’m sorry but this isn’t working out.”

For me, the end of a romantic relationship almost felt like a death, as I invest so much emotional energy into the connection. Getting past a breakup always required that I go through the typical stages of grief and loss.

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