Happy Together

A revolutionary new way to cultivate lasting love—based on the Scientific American Mind cover story, “The Happy Couple.”

Positive psychology experts and husband-and-wife team Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James Pawelski present the first book on applying the principles of positive psychology to create and enjoy healthy, successful, and satisfying relationships that last. Combining their deep knowledge in this field with extensive scientific research, real-life examples, advice from relationship scientists, and fun exercises and quizzes for couples, they identify four key areas that are crucial for building and sustaining love over the long run: passion, positive emotions, savoring, and strengths.

Inspiring, encouraging and accessible, Happy Together is an essential roadmap to rewarding, long-lasting romance for any couple, whether they’re looking to start off a relationship on the right foot, weather difficult times, reignite passion, or transform a good marriage into a great one.

With a foreword by Dr. Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology.

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Meet the Authors


SUZANN (“Suzie”) PILEGGI PAWELSKI has a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a freelance writer and wellness counselor specializing in the science of happiness and its effects on health and relationships. Her 2010 Scientific American Mind cover story, “The Happy Couple,” was the catalyst for this book. Suzie writes the “Science of Well-being” column for Live Happy, where she is also a contributing editor.  She has given “Romance and Research” (TM) workshops around the world with her husband James. Previously, she directed award-winning media relations campaigns for Fortune 500 clients and worked as a publicist at Radio City Music Hall and a producer for The Joan Rivers Show.


JAMES PAWELSKI, Ph.D., is Director of Education and Senior Scholar at the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania where he co-founded the Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program with Martin Seligman.  The Founding Executive Director of IPPA, he is currently leading a three-year, multi-million-dollar grant investigating connections between the science of well-being and the arts and humanities. An international keynote speaker, he has presented in more than 20 countries on 6 continents, including “Romance and Research” (TM) workshops with his wife Suzie. He is frequently featured in the media, including the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Today Show.