'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.

Creating Your Communication and Feelings

Creating your communication and feelings

As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become.

Sayings of the Buddha

The last chapter emphasized how you can empower yourself by creating and developing your mind. However, relationships do not just take place in the head and the heart, but on the ground as well. The success of your close relationships comes not just from what you think and feel, but from how well you are able to communicate this to your partner and others. Human relationships exist by sending and receiving external messages. Skilled partners take pains to create and develop not only their minds, but their external communication as well. In this chapter I review aspects of verbal and nonverbal communication. ...

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