Werner Bartens

Happy Together - How to Have a Healthy and Long-Lasting Relationship

Werner Bartens
Foto: Werner Bartens
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Dr. med. Werner Bartens, born in 1966, studied Medicine, History and German studies. After working as a doctor at the university clinics of Freiburg und Würzburg and conducting research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda (USA) and the Max-Planck-Institute of Immunbiology in Freiburg, he became the managing editor of the science department at the Süddeutsche Zeitung. In 2009 and 2012 he was declared »Scientific Journalist of the Year«; he is the author of best-selling books like Das Ärztehasser-Buch (The Book for People Who Hate Doctors), Körperglück (A Happy Body) and Was Paare zusammenhält (What Keeps Couples Together).

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A guidebook that shows us how to use relationship stress and marital trouble to our advantage – and all the beneficial effects of having a happy relationship


From best-selling author Werner Bartens (over 150,000 copies of »What Keeps Couples Together« sold, 127,000 copies of »The Book for People Who Hate Doctors« and 111,000 copies of »A Happy Body«)

Anyone can fall in love. There’s not all that much to early infatuation. However, not only maintaining a long-term relationship in spite of familiarisation, getting annoyed and gaining weight but actually enjoying it and enriching each other, that requires a whole lot more. Renowned doctor and scientific journalist Dr. Werner Bartens shows us how to have a successful long-term relationship and why being together with another person is worth it for many reasons. For a long time now we have known that a loving relationship helps us stay healthy.

Attention, closeness and the good feeling of being loved strengthen the immune system, reduce our sensitivity to pain and keep our blood vessels elastic. The positive health benefits of a successful relationship are astonishingly many. From the banal cold to a stroke, heart attack or tumour, scientists have observed the beneficial effects of a happy relationship. Which, however, does not at all mean that we smother every conflict with harmony sauce. Bartens also shows us how to argue constructively, why anger decreases lifespan and why men are often more easily hurt in relationships than women.


»Herr Dr. Bartens, you’re a goddamn genius!« Stern