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Happiness for Two: 75 Secrets for Finding More Joy Together Hardcover – December 26, 2007
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About the Author
Author of twenty-four books, Alexandra Stoddard is a sought-after speaker on the art of living. Through her lectures, articles, and books such as Living a Beautiful Life, Things I Want My Daughters to Know, Time Alive, Grace Notes, Open Your Eyes, and Feeling at Home, she has inspired millions to pursue more fulfilling lives. She lives with her husband in New York City and Stonington Village, Connecticut.
Top Customer Reviews
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....Read more ›
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 . . . "
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was unfortunately way to "New Age"'y for me. I read three chapters only - before I decided not to waste more of my time on this book.Published 5 days ago by Maria G.
A lovely anniversary present, reminding couples of the gifts they have found in one another.Published 2 months ago by Savvy one
Very good insight into how to take hold of life while we still have it. Always am pleased with Stoddard books; always beautiful!Published 2 months ago by Janet C.
The second time I have purchased this book, Great ideas for making the life you have a little bit happier.Published 11 months ago by Kristin S.
I have seen Alexandra in person at a bookstore a few years ago, and I just love her helpful advice for keeping a home a reflection of the people who live there. Read morePublished on June 29, 2014 by Joyce B.
Alexandra Stoddard is such a positive, likable writer, that it's hard to find anything to criticize in her writing. Read morePublished on February 27, 2014 by Cara