'Relate counsellors interested in extending their learning about cognitive therapy will find this manual a comprehensive guide'- Jan Hobbs, Relate News 'An easy-to-read, comprehensive text which provides a practical guide to skills for starting, maintaining and cultivating successful relationships, whether of opposite sexes or the same sex' - The Australian Journal of Counselling Psychology Creating Happy Relationships is written in a comfortable non-academic style, using simple everyday English, and incorporates recent research and theory. In addition to many vignettes of partners creating and cultivating happiness there are plenty of practical activities for improving partner skills. This book is a major resource for prospective partners, couples, for marriage preparation and counselling courses, and human communication and relationship education courses in schools, colleges and universities.

Becoming More Outgoing

Becoming more outgoing

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may

Old Time is still a flying.

And this same flower that smiles today

To-morrow will be dying.

Robert Herrick

This third part of the book directly explores how you can create your own and others' happiness by using better mind and communication skills in seven central areas of relating skills. In each chapter, after some introductory observations, I aim to provide a ‘nuts and bolts’ overview of the main verbal, vocal, bodily, touch and action skills for communicating better in that chapter's area of partner skills. However, the question remains: ‘If these communication skills are so simple and straightforward, why don't all partners just use them?’ The world is a vale of tears, broken hearts and blighted hopes along with ...

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