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Emotional Fitness for Couples: 10 Minutes a Day to a Better Relationship Paperback – February 14, 2005
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Barton Goldsmith has provided couples with a step-by-step guide to a healthy relationship. All couples, reading the short chapters and doing the explicit and powerful exercises, save, deepen and transform their relationship. I recommend it for all couples.
—Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., author of Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples and coauthor of Receiving Love
… I found this book to contain a great deal of wisdom, which is made easily accessible to the reader. I have experienced fifty wonderful years of married life and so know the practical steps to emotional fitness for couples shared here are of great value.
—Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Prescriptions for Living and 365 Prescriptions for the Soul
This book has some very good ideas on how couples can stop their anger at each other and live more successfully together.
—Albert Ellis, Ph.D., noted psychologist and author of A Guide to Rational Living
Bull's-eye! Like a Zen archer, Barton Goldsmith releases an arrow into the very center of intimacy. And like a Zen monk he writes with a disarming charm and graceful elegance, creating a book that is fun, funny, yet penetratingly wise. My advice is simple - Read it.
—Shawn Christopher Shea, MD, author of Happiness Is and Psychiatric Interviewing: the Art of Understanding
Goldsmith is the BEST natural born therapist I have ever met. I thoroughly enjoy working with him.
—David Viscott, MD, TV and radio talk show host and author of The Making of a Psychiatrist
Goldsmith's articles and books on relationships are right on the mark.
—Edward M. Hallowell, MD, author of Driven from Distraction, Dare to Forgive, and Delivered from Distraction
I can HONESTLY say that Goldsmiths's book is outstanding-a really terrific combination of good bedside manner, useful and practical information, and common sense.
—Anne Sheffield, award winning author of Depression Fallout and How You Can Survive When They're Depressed
At last a book that not only guides the reader when it comes to successful relationships but shows us the value of emotional fitness: communication, nurturance and constancy, in partnering. By subscribing to Goldsmith's theory and practice, couples will end up with a more satisfying connection and a better sense of each other's needs, as well as their own.
—Susan Shapiro Barash, author of The New Wife: The Evolving Role of the American Wife
Love is all you need-but, you also need a well-written, easy-to-follow roadmap to the heartland. Renown relationship guru Barton Goldsmith has provided this map in Emotional Fitness. It is your guidebook to revitalizing your relationship.
—Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D., director of the Milton Erickson Foundation and organizer of the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference
In Emotional Fitness for Couples, Goldsmith helps couples become proactive in their relationships by using easy to follow exercises and practical advice that allows them to enhance their interactions and their love.
—Gerald G. Jampolsky, MD, author of Love Is Letting Go of Fear
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More About the Author
Dr. Goldsmith has been a guest expert on Beauty and The Geek, The Greg Behrendt Show, and Northwest Afternoon. His book Emotional Fitness for Couples ' 10 Minutes a Day to a Better Relationship was published by New Harbinger on Valentine's Day 2006.
He collaborated with best-selling author Louise L. Hay on A Garden of Thoughts (Hay House 1990) and with Chicken Soup for the Soul co-creator Mark Victor Hansen on The Miracle of Tithing (published in 2004). Dr. Goldsmith has delivered numerous engaging presentations, including a keynote at the 2006 California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists annual conference and the Ericksonian Brief Therapy Conference.
Dr. Goldsmith works with couples and individuals on issues ranging from addiction and infidelity to trauma and abuse. He trained with renowned psychiatrists and authors Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D. and David Viscott, M.D. He was a National Merit Scholar and a Professor of Psychology at Ryokan College. He received recognition from the City of Los Angeles for his work with survivors of the 1994 earthquake. Dr. Goldsmith is the 2007 winner of the Clark Vincent Award for Writing from the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. In addition, he received the 2006 Peter Markin Merit Award from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists for his humanitarian efforts. He has also been named as the 2006 recipient of the Joseph A. Giannantoino II Award in recognition of his contributions as an Outstanding Educator in the field of Addiction Medicine, given by The California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Counselors.
'Dr. G' began working in the field of psychology when his career in professional basketball was cut short because he only grew to five foot six inches tall.
Top Customer Reviews
It's easy to read and easy to implement each exercise. The first exercise has to do with establishing a weekly meeting to check in with each other. We do this exercises every week, and this exercise alone has made our relationship tons better. It's obvious now that we just weren't communicating often enough, or very well. Now, we have a special time spent aside to connect with each other, communicate what's happening, resolve any new or old issues, and then have some type of fun afterwards. We've been working through each chapter, and some of the exercises we end up incorporating into our everyday life, and some of them don't quite work to do more than once. And that's ok.
I'm looking forward to going through each chapter, because the exercises are short and always bring something special to our relationship, even if it ends up just being a one-time experience. We do try to keep doing everything the book suggests, but sometimes it's hard to find the time. But we always find time for our weekly meeting, and we try to do a chapter in the book as well.
This book has some great exercises for couples. If both parties are committed to a better relationship but don't want a typical self-help book, try this one. Some exercises are fun, some serious, some romantic... all of it helpful. I know for my boyfriend and I, we are happier than we have ever been, thanks to this book.
This book is wonderful because it is small, easy to use, and the exercises don't take a long time. It's not an intimidating book at all, which can really help when you're in a tough spot with your partner (who wants to be approached with, "Hey, things suck, now we've got to examine it for an hour a day"?). Although so far we've always spent more than 10 minutes, it's always been really good and productive, and I feel like we are really communicating. The conversations we've had based on these chapters have been deeper and better than in our whole relationship. We usually spend more than 10 minutes because we really want to talk to each other and express our needs, which seems like a miracle! Now, instead of dreading relationship talks, I look forward to them, and so does my boyfriend (especially because part of the conversation "ritual" described in the beginning is to include some fun activity at the end)!
Another nice thing about this book is that it is gender neutral from what I've seen so far, so I think it would work well for couples of all identifications/orientations.
Nancy Padberg, author of George D. Wells, CEO, Father & Friend
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very simple concept. I'm a therapist and recommend this book frequently (especially when I have a couple and 1 person is resistant to therapy). Read morePublished 2 months ago by chelseamichelle
An easy book to practice relationship improvement with practical skills for immediate improvement.Published 2 months ago by Dennis Hyde
Simple and easy to apply. Not really nee information, just reminders of ways to keep relationship strong or to get it back on track.Published 5 months ago by Kenneth Redd
My boyfriend & I were going through a tough time so we got this to try and help bring us back together. We both LOVE & enjoy the chapters & exercises. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mamas060813
This book is super cheese puffs.
After four years of living in a chaotic relationship that finally seemed to get it's footing right, I thought we could work on building... Read more
Very good and simple things that people can do that they probably take for granted. This book helps to point out that it is normally the simple things that make the difference in... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pearli