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Fight Less, Love More: 5-Minute Conversations to Change Your Relationship without Blowing Up or Giving In
by Laurie Puhn

Published by Rodale

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Stop Keeping Score and Start Loving More

It happens every day. A harmless exchange with our spouse or partner quickly erupts into a heated debate or worse, an all-out battle. When the war is over, we may regret our reckless word choices and emotional reactions, but the damage is done -- and both sides are suffering. In these everyday wars of words, there are no winners.

Many people watch helplessly as the quality of their conversation (and their relationship) degrades over the years. Hard-pressed for time with one another, it's all too easy to fall into a poor communication routine that creates a painful distance in our most intimate relationship. Why is it so hard to talk to the person you love?

Harvard-trained family law attorney and couples mediator Laurie Puhn has witnessed the unfortunate effects of this scenario all too often but believes that the vast majority of relationships can be saved if couples simply learn how to communicate more effectively. In Fight Less, Love More, she draws on her expertise in legal mediation and conflict resolution to provide a practical, results-driven program that helps couples overhaul their communication routine in just 5 minutes a day. Learn how to identify bad verbal habits, short-circuit arguments, prevent overreactions, kickstart intimacy, and orchestrate the perfect apology, all in less time than it takes to have yet another fight. Puhn believes that couples don't need to talk more: They simply need to talk better. Her straightforward strategies, helpful exercises, and sample scripts deliver instant results and ignite a cycle of mutual respect and appreciation -- two essential qualities for any lasting relationship.

pub date: 2010-10-12 | Hardcover | 9781605295985