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10 Books You Need to Read if You Want a Happier Relationship

Here are the top 10 titles, hand-picked by Indigo’s team of experts.

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Must-Read Books for a Happier Relationship

When it comes to relationships, there’s always room for improvement. Just in time for Valentines’ Day, here are 10 must-read books that will help you have a happier, healthier relationship. Also, don’t forget to share this list with your sweetheart, too. Happy reading!

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Rising Strong

In Rising Strong, successful leaders from all walks of life told psychologist Brené Brown their stories of taking brave chances, falling after big mistakes and getting back up again. With expert insight into relationships and the power of communication, Brown maps out how you can do it, too.

Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution by Brené Brown, $25 at indigo.ca  

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Oh She Glows Cookbook

Sharing a meal is one of the best ways to bond and connect with a person. Show them how much you care by whipping up a healthy and delicious recipe from The Oh She Glows cookbook, a collection of vegan recipes everyone will surely love. In this debut cookbook, Angela Liddon also shares how healthy eating plays a part in her marriage and family life.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Vegan Recipes To Glow From The Inside Out by Angela Liddon, $20 at indigo.ca 

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Tiny Beautiful Things

Prior to her bestselling memoir “Wild”, Cheryl Strayed gave honest and profound anonymous advice in the popular “Dear Sugar” column on the literary website, The Rumpus. Readers sought Strayed’s heartfelt advice for questions we all have: what happens when you fall in love, how to deal with jealousy or some ways to cope with an inconceivable loss. Tiny Beautiful Things includes some of Strayed’s never-before-published advice columns that are filled with insight, compassion, and humor.

 Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice On Love And Life From Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed, $19 at indigo.ca 

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Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life

Doctors and researchers have been trying to learn more about the complexity of a women’s sexuality for decades. However, it wasn’t until recent years that scientists have discovered groundbreaking research on a woman’s arousal. In Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life, Emily Nagoski shares how this advice can help you reset your sexual expectations for a happier and more confident sex life.

Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski, $18 at indigo.ca 

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The Five Love Languages

There’s a reason why millions of copies of The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts have been sold – Gary Chapman’s advice really does work. Read this book to discover your love language and the secrets about how to communicate with loved ones in their own love language (which might not be the same as yours.)

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman, $14 at indigo.ca 

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The Happiness Equation


Who doesn’t want a bit more happiness in their lives? Neil Pasricha, the New York Times bestselling author of 1000 Awesome Things, debunks the common myths we all have about happiness in The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything. After reading this book, your perception of your time, relationships and family will change for the better.

The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything by Neil Pasricha, $20 at indigo.ca 

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Soppy: A Love Story

Based on the popular online comic, Philippa Rice’s illustrations shines an honest light into the everyday moments of living with the one you love. After all, happily ever after isn’t about riding off into the sunset – it’s about fighting over who gets the comfy side of the bed, turning everyday grocery shopping into an adventure and or making each other cups of tea.

Soppy: A Love Story by Philippa Rice, $15 at indigo.ca 

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Cooking For Jeffrey

There’s something extra special about cooking for someone you love. In this intimate cookbook, Ina Graten, aka The Barefoot Contessa, shares the stories behind her husband Jeffery’s favourite recipes. You’ll find a collection of mouthwatering mains, delicious salads and show-stopping desserts that you’ll want to make for your sweetheart, too.

Cooking For Jeffery: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten, $38 at indigo.ca 

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Designing Your Life: How To Build A Well-Lived Joyful Life

This #1 New York Times bestseller shows how you can apply basic design theories to your life in order to create a meaningful and fulfilling future. Filled with worksheets and activities for the reader to fill out, this book acts a roadmap for a happier, more passionate you.

Designing Your Life: How To Build A Well-Lived Joyful Life by Bill Burnet and Dave Evans, $30 at indigo.ca 

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The Mathematics of Love

Finding true love isn’t a simple equation…or is it? In The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs and the Search for the Ultimate Equation, mathematician Hannah Fry reveals the patterns of everything from sex to marriage and dating sites to divorce. After a few of Fry’s math lessons, we promise you’ll understand the confusing mysteries of love so much more clearly.

The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs and the Search for the Ultimate Equation by Hannah Fry, $18 at indigo.ca