Don’t let your reading about love end with stories of others’ relationships. Whether you’re looking for Mr. or Miss Right or have already found your special someone, there’s a book to enhance your love life.

In Meeting Your Half-Orange: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match, Amy Spencer helps singles harness the power of optimism to find their other halves. If your glass is half empty, this book might not appeal to you. But if that’s the case, you may be the person who needs it most. Spencer plays up the value of wanting something and focusing your energy on that goal, rather than lamenting what you don’t have. It’s not your responsibility to figure out how to get from point A to point B—that’s the power of optimistic magnetism, she says. Your job is merely to control the longing, and to be prepared to recognize your other half when he or she walks in. It’s a tactic that worked for the author. Spencer, who has written for a number of magazines and Match.com, learned the term half-orange (a translation of the Spanish phrase mi media naranja) from her own sweetheart.

Have you already found your soul mate? Then Charlie and Linda Bloom are the relationship gurus for you. During their 38 years of marriage, the Blooms have learned to love, compromise and protect their relationship. The Blooms, both therapists, pass their wisdom on to other couples through BloomWork, the workshop and counseling business they run together.

In Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth from Real Couples about Lasting Love, the Blooms recount the stories of more than two dozen couples. They interview a couple who believed they were headed for divorce before seeking individual healing that reinvigorated their marriage. They talk with a couple who worked through childhood hurts to find healing in the emotional intimacy of their marriage. Along the way the Blooms reveal not only the beauty of a lasting, loving relationship, but also the lessons we can learn from one another’s successes and mistakes.
 

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