For thirty years, Dr. Bill Cloke, an innovative and successful couples therapist, has been helping couples create lasting connection, commitment and intimacy by learning the essential relationship skills he now reveals in Happy Together. He says in the book that no matter how much passion there is at the beginning of a relationship, for love to last it must be actively created. With sensitivity and practicality, Happy together pinpoints the issues and actions that can make or break our relationships. Step by step, it will show you: How to identify and overcome personal barriers to meaningful and satisfying connections. The defensive ways we unknowingly kill love and how to learn from conflict to create deeper intimacy. The role of passion and sexuality in our relationships. How to understand and deal with issues of shame and rage that can impact our impact to love. Why deeply held myths about family, marriage and idealized romance can create expectations that damage our connection with each other. How to become partners in problem solving. How to effectively use the tools of compassionate communications and constructive complaining. Rich with practical tips and techniques, including sample dialogues to help you make meaningful changes, Happy Together will guide you in perfecting the skills you need to create a positive vision for your relationship and a roadmap for happiness.