Happily Ever After… and 39 Other Myths about Love: Breaking Through to the Relationship of Your Dreams
It’s not so much the things we don’t know about relationships that can hurt us but rather the things we THINK WE KNOW. that often get us into trouble. These beliefs or “myths” permeate our culture and take root in our minds, preventing many couples from doing the work required to build a good, lasting relationship. In our new book, Happily Ever After …And 39 Other Myths about Love, we take on these myths, showing how they can be harmful to the long-term success of a committed partnership. That’s just the beginning. We then they go on to demonstrate how to use these debunked myths as a starting point to break through to a healthy, thriving and mutually fulfilling relationship.
Going beyond just challenging the validity of these myths, our book offers valuable suggestions for replacing them with more realistic and practical behaviors that enhance and strengthen intimate relationships. Each chapter presents an alternative to the myth and offers tools and suggestions for disproving harmful assumptions and instead, adopting practices and skills that will deepen and enrich your relationship. Happily Ever After . . . and 39 Other Myths about Love contains easily absorbed nuggets of wisdom and entertaining anecdotes, stories, and vignettes that illustrate the essential messages contained in each chapter.
These myths include such popular beliefs as: “Frequent arguing is a sure sign that you’re married to the wrong person.” “Marriage is a fifty-fifty proposition.” “All the good men / women are taken.” “Once you’ve lost that loving feeling, it’s gone, gone, gone.” “Little things aren’t worth getting upset about.” These and many other relationship myths are ever-present in Western movies, pop music, romance novels, and self-help books, yet they have little substantive foundation beyond a willingness on the part of the general population to accept them as factually true. Such unexamined acceptance can lead to disastrous consequences in the context of intimate partnerships. Fortunately, it’s possible for even die-hard believers in relationship myths to avoid these consequences and become free from the grip of these and other misconceptions. Our book provides compelling reasons why they are not valid, and does so with engaging and entertaining writing and story-telling. It shows readers how they can recognize and free themselves from the limits of these beliefs. Readers will find new ways to strengthen and heal their relationships and move toward the type of love they thought only occurred in fairy tales!
Praise for Happily Ever After:
“Love experts Linda and Charlie shine a bright light, busting the most common myths about relationships. Using real-life examples, they skillfully, provide effective strategies and tools to create and grow a deeply loving and fulfilling long-term connection.” – Arielle Ford, author of Turn You Mate into Your Soulmate
“Another brilliant contribution by the remarkable couple to everyone struggling to create a relationship that work… This is a book about Freedom – about transformation – and it’s a must-read for anyone seeing to create a truly fulfilling partnership!” – Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money
We applaud Linda and Charlie Bloom for their conciseness, skill, and dedication to myth busting. If you want an authentic relationship, read the book!” – Joyce Vissell, RN, MS, and Barry Vissell, MD, authors of The Shared Heart