7 Books to Strengthen Your Romantic Relationships

Whether you’re in a brand-new relationship, recently engaged, or you’ve been married for a long time, every relationship can benefit from a little TLC. Understanding yourself, your communication style, and your needs are key to the foundation of a healthy connection. Once you’ve got that, keep the flame alive by doing activities together or writing notes to show that you care!

01

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

John Gottman, PhD

There’s a reason this book has sold over a million copies worldwide—it works! The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work has revolutionized the way we understand, repair, and strengthen marriages. In this book, Gottman offers strategies and resources to help couples collaborate more effectively to resolve any problem, whether dealing with issues related to sex, money, religion, work, family, or anything else.

02

The Couple's Cookbook

Cole and Kiera Stipovich

The couple who cooks together stays together—just ask Cole and Kiera Stipovich, a couple that call themselves a “photography and more duo.” Their cowritten cookbook is a beautiful primer for newlyweds starting their first home together, full of achievable, modern recipes for weeknight meals, weekend brunches, and everything in between.

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Here's What I Love About You

Potter Gift

It’s important to tell the people in your life that you love them, and better yet, why you love them! The 12 lovely make-a-list note cards in Here’as What I Love About You are each unique notes, to be given or treasured as keepsakes or bookmarks.

04

How to Be Married

Jo Piazza

They say finding the right person is hard. But is being married even harder? Travel editor Jo Piazza traveled to twenty countries on five continents to figure out what modern marriage means. Throughout this funny, warm, and wise personal narrative, she gleans wisdom from matrilineal tribeswomen, French ladies who lunch, Orthodox Jewish moms, Swedish stay-at-home dads, polygamous warriors, and Dutch prostitutes. Through their journey, they reveal a framework that will help the rest of us keep our marriages strong, from engagement into the newlywed years and beyond.

05

Marriageology

Belinda Luscombe

A healthy marriage is about more than just feelings, it’s science! Marriageology is a smart and concise guide to staying together that draws on scientific findings, expert advice, and years in the marital trenches to explain why marriage is better for your health, your finances, your kids, and your happiness. It offers simple, actionable, maybe even borderline fun techniques and tips to try, whether the relationship in question is about to conk out or just needs a little grease and an oil change.

06

The Four Tendencies

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better than Before, reveals in this book the one simple question that will transform what you do at home, at work, and in life. By asking the simple question “How do I respond to expectations?” we gain explosive self-knowledge. She discovered that people fit into Four Tendencies: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels, and our Tendency shapes every aspect of our behavior and understanding it can have a huge impact on our relationships.

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Healthier Together

Liz Moody

As we mentioned, the couple who cooks together stays together, but you need the tools to do so! Liz Moody’s Healthier Together is a healthy cookbook to share with a partner, featuring more than 100 recipes to nourish your bodies and souls. These recipes are designed to be cooked for two, plus they’re all gluten-free, dairy-free, and plant-centered, so you’ll feel good, too!


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