1001 Things Happy Couples Know About Marriage Like Love Romance Morning Breath

by Harry Harrison

Author Harry Harrison Isbn 9781404187511 File size 1 15MB Year 2009 Pages 304 Language English File format PDF Category Family and Friendship Find out what happy couples know that makes their marriages amazing instead of mundane Harry H Harrison s latest dose of wit and wisdom pays tribute to the sanctity of marriage and provides a trove of insight 1001 to be exact into what it takes to have a happy union for a lifetime Covering topics from the differences of the sexes to money marriage

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1001 Things Happy Couples Know About
Marriage
(Like love, romance, and morning breath)

1001 Things
Happy
Couples
Harry H. Harrison Jr.
Know About
Marriage
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1001 Things Happy Couples Know About Marriage
© 2009 by Harry H. Harrison Jr.

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1001 Things
Happy Couples
Know About
Marriage
(Like Love, Romance, & Morning Breath)

HARRY H. HARRISON JR.

Table of Contents
Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Marriage Plans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Marriage and Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Marriage and Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Marriage Myths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Marriage and Happiness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Marriage and Sex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Marriage Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Marriage Fights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Marriage and Forgiveness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Marriage is Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Marriage and Career . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Marriage and Intimacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

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Marriage and Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
Marriage and Money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Marriage Counseling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Marriage and Fidelity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Marriage and Chores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
Marriage and In-Laws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
Second Marriage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Dealing with a Woman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
Marriage and Menopause . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 266
Dealing with a Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271
Marriage and the Best Years . . . . . . . . . . . . 297

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Preface
A wedding is a joyful celebration of two people
being so in love they make a spiritual and public vow
of their decision to come together. A marriage is
what happens after the ceremony.
Weddings have become a huge money-making
industry. But staying married is what couples really
need to spend their time and energy on. It doesn’t
matter if you’re getting married next week or if
you’ve been married twenty-five years, you will face
challenges and issues that could break you apart.
This is why couples need to understand that

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marriage has less to do with maintaining that “new
love” feeling than it has to do with commitment,
kindness, forgiveness, and, quite possibly, a motherin-law.
The fact is, being married is the only thing you
can do for fifty years and still not be good at. Indeed
many people are better at marriage in the beginning
than they are at the end. So what’s the secret? Well,
the secret is, there is no “the” secret. But there are
some 1001 things you need to know about marriage
that can help determine your level of happiness and
success.
That’s what makes this book so necessary. It’s
not just about staying in love. It’s about something
much more important . . . . It’s about staying married.

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Marriage Plans

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1. You need to know the marriage
is more important than the wedding.
And requires even more planning.


2. You need to know your
relationship will be sanctified.


3. You need to know you’re
promising “till death do you part.”
Not “till the good times end.”


4. You need to know to marry for
character more than for good looks
or money. Okay, a little more.


5. You need to know to use
your mind as well as your heart
when you choose a spouse.
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6. You need to know a happy
couple is made up of two individuals
committed to each other.


7. You need to know about
Trash to Treasure, where you can find
everything from wedding gowns used once
to deep-discount wedding decorations.
Go to TheNest.com, then click on
Community, then Trash to Treasure.


8. You need to know you’re choosing
the person you’ll spend the rest
of your life with. And still make
passes at when you’re both on walkers.

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9. You need to know you’re
launching into a fifty-year
conversation, interrupted by life.


10. You need to know it’s normal to think
this whole wedding thing is a mistake.


11. You need to know that
a happy marriage is the art
of putting the other person first.


12. You need to know a $100,000
wedding can be a down payment
on a fantastic home. Think about it.

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13. You need to know to
not put off marriage because
you can’t afford the wedding.
You can get married for fifty bucks.


14. You need to know if you
start with a budget instead of the
guest list, you can maintain control
over your wedding expenses.


15. You need to know the last thing you
want to do is get in hock over your
wedding. Scale back grandiose plans.

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16. You need to know to register your
wedding at practical stores like Target
and Crate and Barrel, not just the fantasy
stores like Neiman Marcus and
Tiffany’s. You need pots to cook in.


17. You need to know to delete your old
flames from your cell phone. Inviting them
to the wedding is a dumb idea too.


18. You need to know to define for
yourselves what husband and wife
mean. Don’t rely on some book.

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19. You need to know nature never
intended for you to maintain that
overwhelming feeling of new
love forever. To begin with, your
brain would probably explode.


20. You need to know that scientists
have found there’s totally different
brain chemistry at work in couples
who’ve been in long-term marriages
from in newly-in-love couples.


21. You need to know that marrying,
raising children, and sending them
out into society makes a huge impact
on your community and the world.

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22. You need to know things
change the moment you say, “I do.”
Don’t think your life together will
be like it was when you were dating.


23. You need to know to not expect lifelong
bliss, free of problems, quarrels, or issues.
You will be disappointed. Guaranteed.


24. You need to know from the beginning
that love is a decision. Sometimes you make
that decision after a fight. Or when
temptation walks in the door.


25. You need to know your husband or wife
cannot be your complete source of
happiness. You’ll still need friends. Family.
And a hobby. Men will need a TV.
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26. You need to know that just because
you’re married, the two of you won’t do
everything together. In fact, it’s important
you don’t do everything together.


27. You need to know you have to
be able to live without each other.
This way you can love each other without
feeling like you own each other.


28. You need to know one of
the best wedding gifts you
can get for yourselves is a
marriage skills training weekend.

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29. You need to know you can’t let yourself
go to pot after you get married. There are a
number of benefits to exercising and eating
right that have nothing to do with health.


30. You need to know
to talk about your plans
and dreams with each other.


31. You need to know to be on the same
page about having babies. When you
want one. When your spouse wants
one. And does one of you not want
to stop until you have seven.


32. You need to know you should always
tell each other the truth. Unless she asks
you if you think she looks fat.
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33. You need to know to help each
other chase your personal dreams.
It could be writing a book, going
back to college, or starting a company.
Be each other’s cheerleader.


34. You need to know to pray together.
Start now.


35. You need to know to never
criticize each other in public. This
can have far-reaching consequences.


36. You need to know that if
you can successfully share one bathroom,
one sink, one tub, and one shower, the
odds are good you’ll stay married.
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