Have you ever wondered why it is that some people seem to create fulfilling relationships easily and naturally, while others, not so much? Contrary to what many of us believe, the answer often has less to do with intelligence, family history, genetics, or personality. Linda and Charlie Bloom were both curious enough about this question to write a book about it which is based on over 50 interviews with couples who fulfilled their criteria for being extremely happily married.
Linda and Charlie are both relationship counselors who have been in practice since 1975. They have also been married since 1972, which has, in their own words, “not been without its challenges.” It was their desire to identify the underlying conditions that predispose individuals and couples to create healthy, mutually fulfilling long-term connections that has been the impetus for much of their work.
In this series of presentations they will share the findings of the research that they conducted for their second book, The Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth from Real Couples about Lasting Love. The book features interviews with 27 of the couples that they interviewed. In addition to sharing their findings they will also identify the traits, qualities, and skills possessed by couples who have created exemplary relationships as well as providing examples of practices that can cultivate and strengthen them.
The secrets that they will share apply to all relationships, not just those that are romantic partnerships.
Fulfilling relationships are the foundation for a fulfilling life, and the Blooms’ claim is that there is no more beneficial way to use your time and energy than by developing greater skill and intentionality in the art of relationship.
Each presentation will include time for audience participation and Q&A.