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Happiness for Two: 75 Secrets for Finding More Joy Together Hardcover – December 26, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 197 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061435635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061435638
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alexandra Stoddard is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books and is an acclaimed philosopher on the art of living. Through her lectures, articles, and books—such as Choosing Happiness, Time Alive, Living a Beautiful Life, Gift of a Letter, Grace Notes, and many more—she has inspired millions to pursue more fulfilling lives. She lives with her husband in Stonington Village, Connecticut.


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Author of 27 books, Alexandra Stoddard is sought after as a speaker on the art of living the good life. She has inspired millions of listeners and readers with such books as Things I Want My Daughters to Know, Choosing Happiness, You Are Your Choices, and Time Alive. A mother and grandmother herself, she lives in Stonington Village, Connecticut, with her husband, Peter Brown.

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"Love & Live Happy", indeed.
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Thought the book had very good, practicle suggestions on relationships.
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I gave the book as a gift to my daughter and she loved it!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By RSProds TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Four and a half INTRIGUING Stars!! A very interesting, approachable self-help book with lots of solid advice! Author/lecturer/interior designer/philosopher Alexandra Stoddard's latest book, "Happiness for Two", 'ups the ante' from her last book, "You Are Your Choices" which dealt with advice on individual satisfaction in living "the good life". The book on "Happiness for Two" begins with a 3 sentence dedication to "Peter" that is so heartfelt, specific, and sincere that couples who are not able to currently write such a salutation to their own lover may want to dive into this book headfirst to find out what they've been missing. And as I stated in the review of her previous book, we men benefit from hearing the thoughts of a keen-thinking woman, happily-married for over 34 years, who has already dealt with complex interpersonal relations in her own life. BTW, Peter returns the compliments with his own note, which is entirely in keeping with Ms Stoddard's approach that couples should return compliments.

Ms Stoddard uses short topical essays, 75 of them this time. Will it work for everyone? Much of it should. She maintains "Happiness for two requires two sensitive, loving souls who understand their own potential for wholeness individually". That alone may exclude some people, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't give this book & counseling & their religion & whatever else, a chance to make them better as a couple. A wide range of topics are covered in the book. From "Treat Each Day As Though It Could Be Your Last" (seems so simple but do we do it?) to "Go On Vacations Alone, Together" (great idea!) to "Assume More Responsibility at Home" (can Alexandra really spackle and tile? I'm impressed!) to "....Spirituality" (somewhat of a disappointment) to "Kindness and Diplomacy....
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Enke on May 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this gem last week at Anthropologie in New York. Building on the other reviews, let me add that Alexandra Stoddard introduces and ends each small essay with quotes from famous people. Some of her essays are about others and some about herself and her own marriage.

In #33 "Write Love Notes", Stoddard writes about the happy marriage of a couple Marion and William who were so inseparable that they never sent each other cards or letters. When Marion died suddenly, William had nothing that expressed her beloved feelings for him. In this story, the author begins with Samuel Taylor Coleridge and ends with Plato, connecting her bon mots into a larger legacy of historical wisdom.

In #25 "It Feels Good to Look Good", the author stresses the importance of couples dressing for themselves first -- I, too, always wear makeup to the grocery store -- but also for each other. When you look your best, you radiate confidence. She gets just a little sexy sharing the story of wearing beautiful robes at home and admitting that she likes Peter in boxer shorts.

Stoddard quotes Colette: "The sudden desire to look beautiful made her straighten her back. Beautiful for whom? Why for me, of course." We all know that when women, in particular, nurture ourselves a bit, all around us benefit.

Bottom line, Alexandra Stoddard asks us to live every breath of life with our partners as if it could be our last. All the special little gestures add up, so one day we don't say "if only I had told her . . . if only I had shown him how much . . . "
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Vinyasa Mama on February 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My spouse and I bought this book at one of our favorite boutique style stores. We have an amazing relationship already, but we know there are always ways to make it even better, especially when we easily get caught up in the daily grind of work and raising our three kids. After we purchased it we decided to read a chapter or two each night to one another while curled up in bed.

The book is insightful and inspiring. Some chapters simply confirm what we already know and do, while others have helped us to express our thoughts to one another better. In it we can see our own strengths and weaknesses and how even the simpliest thing can have a profound effect on our relationship. It's already inspired us to do things to boost our happiness both individually and as a couple. Alone, together as Alexandra would say.

For those with children still at home, it's good to keep in perspective that the book is written by a woman with children who are already grown so the author's suggestions may seem a bit 'off' at times even if we still agree with what she has to say in general.

Overall, we enjoy the book, feel inspired, and it's an easy read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Radar626 VINE VOICE on February 19, 2011
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I wasn't so sure about this book just based on the review. My mind was changed when I received the book and read the first few "chapters". Each section is actually an idea for activities that you and your spouse can do together. The best part is that most of the ideas don't require money. Some are pretty simple and are ideas that seem common enough that you might think, "Why didn't I think of that?". Others are a bit more involved and require a bit of prep. So far, the one I and my spouse have tried turned our very well - so-so weekends have become much more than couch surfing. We've been inspired to come up with our own versions of the ideas in the book. If you have ever read the "5 Love Languages", this book is a good way to put into practice what that book teaches.
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