Many people feel embarrassed to buy or read books on relationship advice thinking that would portray that they are having relationship issues or their relationship isn’t just working. But you shouldn’t feel this way. You need to cut the embarrassment because a relationship can be very tricky and maintaining a relationship is not just a piece of cake. So if you’re going through some problems or just want to have a better understanding it’s totally okay to seek pieces of advice.
Maybe your relationship has always been smooth but recently you don’t feel the same bond you shared earlier, or maybe you are not in a relationship but want to know why things are not going right in your love life. In both cases, some pieces of advice from the third party can help a lot to make you see from a different perspective. There is no shame for trying to make your life better. You can always go to a professional relationship advisor or you can read some well-written books about relationships which will help you as a therapist.
Best books on marriage and relationship
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
This book is about expressing heartfelt commitment to your partner. There are five ways to express love to your partner, according to Chapman. Those are receiving gifts, spending quality time together, words of affirmation, acts of devotion and last but not the least physical attachment.
The Science of Happily Ever After by Dr. Ty Tashiro
This book is absolute fun to read and it will help you to understand better why sometimes your decision in choosing a partner does not go well. Tashiro did a good job translating scientific data and researches that pinpoints why you only get three wishes for choosing your ideal partner and how to make smarter decisions.
It’s Not You, It’s The Dishes by Paula Szuchman
Marriage can be mystical and sometimes irrational too. According to Szuchma, the key to a happy, healthy marriage is to think like an economist. This book cuts through the ego, emotions and helps you to step forward to the age-old portrait of a happy and healthy marriage. It’s a clear viewed, logical route to clarify your disagreement and improving your relationship with your partner.
I Love You but I Don’t Trust You by Mira Kirshenbaum
This is a guidebook from a well-known couple therapist to restore trust in a broken relationship. Trust is the most important value in a relationship. If you can’t trust your partner due to whatever reason, it will shatter your relationship.
The Relationship Cure by Dr. John M. Gottman
This book is a must-read. Based on the experience and innovative research for twenty years, New York Times best-selling author Dr. John M. Gottman explains the five-step program to improve all your relationships.
He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt & Liz Tuccillo
This book is especially recommended for single women. This book tells the women that if the man you are interested in is not making any effort towards you, he’s simply not just that into you and you have to accept it and move on.
Between Me and You by Allison Winn Scotch
When you get married, you have some expectations. You do this part so your partner does the other. You are comfortable in your place. But what if the table has turned? Will you be able to work on your relationship? This book talks about it all and more.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
This book is a great portrait of a dazzling marriage and defies expectations. Every relationship has two perspectives and this is important that the partners know about each other thought about every decision in their relationship.
How to Be Married by Jo Piazza
Everyone tells how hard marriage can be but you don’t know what you should do about it. This book describes so beautifully the sweetness of marriage in the first year that it’ll change your view on matrimony forever and it also describes the difficulties you will face in future that can really help you to know how can an independent, feminist become someone’s partner for life.
Best-selling relationship books
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gary
This book is considered as an absolute modern classic. It has gathered many compliments in the past and known to help a lot of people. In present, this book is liked by many though it is said to be extremely sexist by some.
The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller and Kathy Keller
This book talks about our need for love and expression in marriage. This book will challenge and inspire so many people in all stages of life. It is recommended for all, single, newly-wed, married.
Hold Me Tight by Dr. Sue Johnson
This book is focused on an idea which was controversial once but now popular which is Emotionally Focused Therapy which works best for couples because it preserves the emotional bond.
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by Dr. John M. Gottman
This book introduces the seven effective principles to make a relationship happy, healthy and long-lasting. According to Gottman, increasing their love maps, nurturing their fondness, turning towards each other, letting their partner influence them, solving the problems that can be solved, overcoming their ego and creating memories together are the seven principles to strengthen the heart of your relationship.
Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
This book is not actually about relationship but leadership. But this book is great for couples to read together as leadership comes to every aspect of our life, may it be relationship, marriage or job. So this book can help to figure out some problems like “Who decides what?”