Our Gift to You This Holiday Season

The holiday season, while a perfect time to connect with your partner and loved ones, can be stressful. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as the famous song goes, but it’s also the busiest. Not only do we make big plans for family dinners, holiday parties, and other festivities, but many of us travel great distances to see our loved ones. And that doesn’t even include how busy the workplace can be this time of year.

And how could we forget–there’s tons of shopping to do, too, to pick up those thoughtful gifts for the parents, the kids, and that special someone. So many activities in such a short period of time are bound to overwhelm even the most resilient of couples, which can get in the way of finding those moments of connection with those you love.

In fact, Dr. John Gottman, in his book The Relationship Cure, advises couples to avoid activities during the holidays “that make you feel harried, worried, or put upon…and cling instead to those rituals that leave family members feeling peaceful, emotionally satisfied, and closer to loved ones.”

In that spirit, we’ve gathered some of our most popular products into special holiday bundles, which can help you connect with your partner while building intimacy and closeness. They make great gifts, and right now, they’re on sale for a limited time as part of our 2017 Gottman Gift Guide.

The Art and Science of Love Home Study Set

We understand that it’s not easy to take an entire weekend and fly to Seattle to see Drs. John and Julie Gottman present their popular workshop for couples in person. Luckily, we have a great alternative for you and your partner to enjoy the experience at home, which is the next best thing.

The Art and Science of Love Home Study Set contains all of the materials that you’d receive at the workshop, with the added bonus of four DVDs of Drs. John and Julie Gottman presenting their lectures, exercises, and role-plays during a recorded live workshop. This DVD set is a great way for you and your partner to learn all of the lessons and skills from the live workshop at your own pace and from the comfort of your living room.

If you have time off together during the holidays, this is an excellent way for you and your partner to share a meaningful and fun experience while learning research-based skills and methods that will help you improve your relationship.

Couples Connection Kit

If you’re looking for a lighter version of The Art and Science of Love Home Study Set, then our Couples Connection Kit, which is only available during our holiday sale, is the perfect choice for you. It includes our most popular card decks–Love Maps and Open-Ended Questions, Rituals of Connection and Opportunity, Salsa, and Expressing Needs and Empathy–as well as a copy of Dr. John Gottman’s New York Times bestselling book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.

In the Couples Connection Kit, you’ll find a wealth of information and tools at your fingertips, and the best part is that using the card decks is not only fun, but incredibly meaningful as you learn more and more about each other. And when you’re ready to learn more about the research that informs these methods of connection, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work will give you detailed information about how Dr. Gottman arrived at his conclusions.

We’re also offering discounted prices on many of our other products, including online courses, parenting materials, and product bundles for professionals, all in our 2017 Gottman Gift Guide.

As always, we’re thankful for you, our readers, for giving us a reason to be better and do better at helping people realize the full potential of their relationships. We hope you’ll enjoy these special product offerings, and we wish you a warm, happy, and fulfilling holiday season.

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A graduate of the Syracuse University MFA program in Creative Writing, Christopher Dollard is a former professor of literature and writing and an accomplished poet and essayist. Check out more of his work on his website here.