- Series: Richard Templar's Rules
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (March 9, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0133384225
- ISBN-13: 978-0133384222
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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The Rules of Love: A Personal Code for Happier, More Fulfilling Relationships, Expanded Edition (Richard Templar's Rules) Paperback – February 27, 2013
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Richard Templar (Devon, UK) is an astute observer of human behavior who understands what makes the difference between those who effortlessly glide towards success and those who struggle against the tide. He has distilled these observations into his Rules titles, read by more than one million people around the world. His global best-sellers include The Rules of Life, The Rules of Money, and The Rules of Work. His books also include I Don't Want Any More Cheese: I Just Want Out of the Trap.
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ѾѾѾѾ Recommended with warm fuzzies.
The author, Richard Templar, has written a number of other "Rules of .." books, including "Rules of Life", "Rules of Work", "Rules of Money", "Rules of Management", and "Rules of Parenting". In this "Rules of Love" 239-page handbook-sized paperback, there are 107 rules, with each rule occupying two pages. You already probably know most of the rules as many of them are common sense or they are related to empathy, compassion, and the "golden rule" (the ethic of reciprocity that you should treat people like you yourself want to be treated). And many of the rules also apply to any kind of relationship beyond your love partner, e.g. your office co-workers, family members, and friends. But the rules and the description of each rule is succinct enough to give us the thumping on the back of our heads to remind us yet again since all of us have been guilty of forgetting some of these rules while we are in a relationship, while we are dating, or while we are interacting with friends, family, or co-workers. This is not the quintessential book on love and relationships, and there are undoubtedly various other rules that have not been mentioned here, but this is still a good and quick read.
This long list of rules of behavior in relationships has an emphasis on dealing with others with kindness and integrity. It covers such topics as doing small favors for your significant other and knowing that when he/she does small favors for you, it is a way of showing love. One chapter mentions not marrying someone unless you are sure. Much of this advise seems self evident and much of it is things we often forget in long term relationships, things like always being as attractive as possible instead of being an eyesore to our partner.
One rule is being tactful and sensitive toward our friends rather than mentioning things that might make them uncomfortable. And the importance of always acting lovingly towards others and doing favors for others is stressed.
Another rule is never staying with a partner who just doesn't care about you. One would think, as I said, that this would be self evident to people and yet there are plenty of people who need to see this rule in print to really think about applying it in their own lives.
I enjoyed this well thought out easy to read self help book and feel that it should be a huge help to lots of people in their daily lives. I think almost everyone can find benefit in this book in at least a couple of chapters if not more. In particular, it is a must read for all couples in relationships. If both partners can follow all these simple common sense rules, the relationship should last and be a happy one.
Love - so universal and easy in many respects - is also fraught with shadows and pitfalls and disappointments. Mr. Templar's "Rules" are lovely, common sense guidelines which will inevitably help improve relationships - if only we'll employ them in our relationships. Is there anything groundbreaking here? Not really. Earth shatteringly new? Nope. But he has written 112 little essays to illustrate 112 ways to change our thinking, or reinforce what we already know, so to improve our romantic relationships, our friendships, and our family relationships.
It reminds me of another of my favorite books, "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff - and It's all Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson.
I am not going to list all 112 rules but some of the most important - as a person who has relationships and as a therapist who advises others about relationships - are the following:
1. Be yourself - might as well get it all out in the open right now
2. Get over it before you get on with it - do yourself a favor: go away and hide somewhere while you lick your wounds
3. Don't keep making the same mistakes - you have to decide whether to commit your life to a string of failed relationships
4. Don't stay with someone who doesn't care - you want a partner who makes you feel special
5. If you can't trust them, you don't have a relationship
6. Be honest (while you still have the chance) - the crucial thing is not to lie
7. Don't play games
8. Be together because you want to, not because you need to
9. Be honorable
10. Put each other first
11. Jealousy is your stuff - not theirs
This is just a small sampling of the rules. There are 101 more equally well thought out.
Mr. Templar writes in a down-to-earth, simple way. He's not condescending, doesn't use psychobabble, throws in some humor.
I am going to order his Rules of Life, which I suspect may overlap with these rules, but that's OK.
This book is highly recommended. It has something for everyone, even if all it does is refresh your memory of things you already know.