Secrets Of Highly Happy Marriages - Great Book!

If you have ever read any of Shaunti Feldhahn's books, you know they are based on surveys she conducts, and then she tells us the results in a book.  That is the same way she wrote this book - she interviewed 1000 of the happiest married couples she found, and she shares their "secrets" in The Surprising Secrets Of Highly Happy Marriages.

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As I was reading each chapter, it felt like I was having epiphany after epiphany.  The book shares twelve of the "secrets" of the happiest couples, and I felt like each one was such good, commonsense advice.  At the same time, a lot of the secrets weren't things that I had even thought about before.

I kept thinking of things that I could do better through each chapter, but what I liked best was that each of these tips is so doable.  These aren't vague ideas, they are solid tips that are spelled out very clearly, and there are clear ways to apply them either in action or attitude.  They are all relatively easy to apply as well - I like that!  As the subtitle says, these are little things that I can already see would make a big difference in the level of happiness in marriage.

Shaunti recommends picking one or two secrets to work on at one time, instead of trying to do all of them at once, and I think that is good advice - I was trying to remember all of them through the first half of the book and quickly realized that I wouldn't be able to change everything all at once.  So I picked two of the secrets - "Happy Couple Keep Score" and "Happy Couples Think They Hit The Jackpot".  Those are the two I'm going to focus on for the first few weeks of trying to apply what I learned here.  I think I'll probably have to write more posts about this - I'm definitely feeling inspired after reading this book.  Who doesn't want to be as happy as possible in their marriage?

I also really appreciated how positive this book is about marriage - happy marriages aren't something you just have if you are lucky, in most cases it is something you can achieve with a little effort.  I think this would be inspiring to couples who may be currently struggling, and encouraging and helpful to couples who want to make their marriages as good as they can be.

This is probably one of the best marriage books I have ever read.  If you are married, or hope to be married someday, you should definitely check it out!

Read the first chapter here.

Note: I received this book in ebook and print format for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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Unknown said...

Looks like a great book to try out! Been trying to branch out in Genres lately, thanks for the recommendation!

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