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Do you want to live your best life?

Do you know how to create the happiest marriage in the world?

Would you like to be able to evaluate your psychotherapy?

What are marital guts?

Judith Coche takes on big questions in this little book, weaving stories from her practice in clinical psychology to illustrate how to create your own pathways to happiness.

Learn how to apply proven benefits from positive psychology to living an optimal life: Enjoy brief chapters on positive emotions and how to enjoy them, how to create happiness by loving someone skillfully, how to develop marital guts.

Stories from Clinical Practice illuminate psychotherapy. Tamara uses her adaptability skills to build resilience and to heal from a smashed ankle from an accident biking down a steep Hawaiian mountain. Lila, who lacks core identity needed to set boundaries with her daughter, is encouraged by her group to set take better care of herself and to develop her internal strength.

Other stories illustrate Dr. Coche's deep love of animals and unique sense of humor. In Penelope's Water Walk, we chuckle over the dedication of a cat owner who subjects his beloved Penelope to the misery of being submerged in bubbling water because he hopes the therapy will extend her life. In The Heart Beneath That Hard Shell, we are drawn into a love triangle in which tiny Rocky tries to steal the heart of his beloved Gracie from her macho boyfriend, Bart.

Dr. Coche's work with couples is renowned and her handling of marital love is both insightful and entertaining.In How Happy Is Your Marriage, we learn that loving someone is the greatest human need. In The Happiest Marriage in the World, we find a tongue in cheek recipe with thought-provoking ingredients that serve the couple but nurture all their children and grandchildren.

These stories bring home the message of positive psychology in an easy to read and personal statement by one of the distinguished psychotherapists for women, couples, and families. They allow you to absorb these important lessons so that you too can live your best life.

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