Making Happy: The Art and Science of a Happy Marriage by Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott ~ A Marriage Book Review

Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

Back of the book:

Marriage doesn't make you happy.
You make your marriage happy. But how?

Discover the six counter-intuitive dials to turn right now in your relationship. These are proven happiness boosters. And let's face it, knowing how to make happiness--the deep and abiding joy of feeling good together--isn't always easy for time-starved and sleep-deprived couples. Making Happy will change all that by:
  • Instantly making your relationship 25 percent happier.
  • Countering the effects of taking each other for granted so you can notice even more things you appreciate about each other.
  • Knowing the easy way to ensure your partner is happier today than yesterday.
Relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott bring all the relevant research together in Making Happy and show you how to elevate happiness in your relationship. It's easier than you think.

Includes an immensely practical three-week Happiness Plan.

My thoughts:

In Making Happy, Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott mix research and personal experience to teach the average couple how to bring more happiness into their marriage. The first couple of chapters are pretty heavily peppered with stats and studies that lean towards the clinical. Once you get to chapter three you begin to see the practical and yes simple applications to use in your marriage.

The book focuses on six happiness boosters that you will learn to apply to your marriage relationship. In order to find out where you are at in your relationship there are several little quizzes scattered throughout. I thought they were very interesting and helped solidify what was being discussed. 

At the very end of the book is a Twenty-One-Day Happiness Plan. Each of the days has an activity that will enhance what you have just read. There are also links for additional resources to use during this twenty-one day period. 

This book would of course make a good study for any married couple. It would help those that are a bit unhappy in their marriage and it would affirm those that are quite happy in their marriage. I also think it would make a great small group study. While there is a section on marital sex, I didn't find it to be cringe worthy so I think you could easily do this with a few other couples. 

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