'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.

Listening Better

Listening better

Don't walk ahead of me,

I may not follow.

Don't walk behind me,

I may not lead.

Just walk beside me,

And be my friend.


The couple that listens together, stays together. A characteristic of all successful couple relationships I know is that each partner is committed to showing their love and caring by trying to listen well. Partners create a warm and respectful emotional climate in which what each has to say is important to the other.

Being a couple involves an ongoing conversation with your partner, in which you encourage one another to share thoughts, feelings and reminiscences. You experience yourself more fully not just by disclosing, but by having your disclosures sensitively understood. Such listening takes place both on a daily basis and in times of ...

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