Relationships are only easy and effortless at the start, in that honeymoon phase where you love everything about your partner, view world through rose tinted glasses and can’t get enough of each other. Once that phase passes you start seeing the little things that might annoy you about them, some strange habits you don’t approve of and character traits that are not that great. And the difference between an ok relationship and a good one is the amount of effort you put in to address those issues and see what both of you can do to keep the relationship from spiraling out of control. And while talking it out is always a good idea, sometimes it might be hard to breach the difficult topics, or even articulate the feelings you have and the issues you’re facing. This is where relationship books come in. Here are 6 relationship books that every couple should read together if they want to stay together and make their relationship stronger and better.
1. The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary D. Chapman
This is a classic amongst relationship books for a reason. This book is a goldmine for those who feel like they’re struggling to communicate with their partner or feel like their expectations don’t exactly match the reality of their relationship. This book teaches you about communication and how there are multiple love languages and perhaps you and your partner just speak different ones, but once you learn the other languages everything becomes so much clearer and easier.
2. Mindful Relationship Habits: 25 Practices for Couples to Enhance Intimacy, Nurture Closeness, and Grow a Deeper Connection by SJ Scott and Barrie Davenport
Lot of people struggle to navigate through life when they have to deal with their family, friends, work and relationships. It can feel too complicated and like it’s too much responsibility to handle, and the first thing to go is usually the relationship. However, if you read this book you’ll get some incredible insights into how to manage all of these things, keep your priorities in order and make sure your relationship doesn’t suffer.