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Posted December 8, 2013

Book: 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage: Simple ways for couples to grow closer to God and to each other
Authors: Jennifer Roback Morse & Betsy Kerekes
Ave Maria Press. Notre Dame, IN. 2013. Pp. 123

Excerpt from the Jacket:

Tips for a Happier Marriage offers Catholic couples concise, practical, and at times humorous suggestions for creating and sustaining a more joyful peace-filled marriage that is steeped in the beauty and mystery of the faith.

An Excerpt from the Book:

Do not, under any circumstances, attack your spouse's character during the heat of an argument. Telling your spouse that he or she is a hot-headed idiot is not a good idea when you are both angry.

Who becomes the hot-heated idiot then? Name calling is immature and unhelpful. Seek higher ground.

Avoid absolute statements such as, "you never" or "you always."

Such statements are likely to cause additional arguments rather than resolve anything anyway. It's not loving to perpetuate a fight. Stick to the issue at hand, and above all else, be honest with yourself and kind to your spouse.

Table of Contents:

Make a decision to love

Adjust your attitude

Realize that your marriage matters

Check your expectations at the door

Take action to improve your marriage

Get it done without drama

Recognize that winning is for losers

Understand the physiology of fighting

Handle criticism gracefully

Soothe yourself to let go of grudges

Ask for help without whining, complaining, or demanding

Offer help without being demeaning

Make forgiveness more important than sex

Appreciate your spouse`