According to Gary Chapman, author of bestselling The Five Languages of Love, Love Language #1 is "Words of Affirmation...best expressed as simple, straightforward statements of affirmation." He writes that "the need to feel loved by one's spouse is at the heart of all marital desires." When one person invests energy in filling his or her partner's emotional love tank, the other person naturally reciprocates and this sets the course for a long-lasting, loving relationship.
John Izzo, PhD, author of The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, claims that the secret to a happy marriage is sincere, loving affirmations. He sites a study that claims that couples who express seven positive affirmations for every one negative criticism of each other have longer lasting marriages than those who do not.
Do you agree? Of course, staying loving and positive is not always easy to do. Sometimes we lose it - nobody's perfect. But when one of us is mindful enough to change the channel and sing each other's praises it feels indescribably good. That's what our two couples’ journals - The Book of Us: A Journal of Your Love Story in 150 Questions and What I Love About You – are all about. The writing prompts and fill-in-the-blank format help you find the words to affirm your partner in a way that can be read over and over.
Post-Valentine's Day reviews - from people who got or gave one of these couples' journals for VDay - are popping up on Amazon now. These reviews convince me that yes, we're on the right track with these journals. It makes me happy that they made other people happy.
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Project Second Chance, an adult literacy program run by the Contra Costa County Library system in California.