Laura Doyle

Laura Doyle

Laura Doyle is the New York Times bestselling author of The Surrendered Wife, The Surrendered Single and The Empowered Wife. Her books have been translated into 16 languages and published in 27 countries. Over 150,000 women credit her with not only saving their relationships, but also showing them how to become desired, cherished and adored for life.

She is the founder of Laura Doyle Connect, an international relationship coaching company that teaches women the intimacy skills they need to have passionate, peaceful relationships.

She has appeared on CBS Evening News, Dateline NBC, The Today Show, Good Morning America and The View. She has been written about in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, London Telegraph and the New Yorker. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post.

Laura lives in Newport Beach, California, with her hilarious husband John Doyle, who has been dressing himself since before she was born. They have been married for 26 years.
5 Tips for Making the Honeymoon Phase Last a Lifetime

It’s nearly peak wedding season, which also means peak honeymoon season. 

When it comes to keeping the magic alive for a lifetime, here’s what I know now: forget about pre-marital counseling or talking exhaustively about how to parent, where to live, and how much to save for retirement.

Turns out that song about how the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return was right... sustained romance is a matter of learning a few simple skills. 

But, maybe they didn’t offer Relationships 101 at your school, just like they didn’t have it at mine. 

I didn’t learn Intimacy SkillsTM before the wedding, and just a few years later, I thought I had married the wrong man. I dragged my husband to counseling but ended up feeling more hopeless than ever when he didn’t want to spend time with me or even make love to me.

I thought my only options were to spend the rest of my life in a loveless relationship or to divorce. Then, when happily married women showed me a few of their practices, something magical happened. The man who wooed me returned. 

One of the big secrets they taught me was that women are the keepers of the relationship, and that we have more power to make the relationship happy and intimate (or, alternately, stressful and tense). Just as Spiderman learned, with great power comes great responsibility. I believe we women have a responsibility to learn the skills that contribute to lasting love and to pass them on to each other.

Here are things I wish every bride knew, but most don’t...