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America's #1
Love and Marriage Experts

“You’ve had a perfect wedding and now you have a glimpse of what can come next if only you will commit to building a love that lasts with the seven surprising secrets of successful marriage.”

“The relationship between husband and wife trumps everything else in a marriage. Get it right and good things follow. Get it
wrong and lots of bad things often happen!”

"No marriage was ever saved or made successful because the couple had a great sex life!"

“The fact is most successful marriages experience difficult challenges, yet they survive and thrive. Our research tells us why.”

America's #1
Love and Marriage

Dr. Charles and Dr. Elizabeth Schmitz are renowned love and marriage experts and authors of the award-winning books, Building a Love That Lasts(Jossey-Bass/Wiley), How to Marry the Right Guy, Simple Things Matter and Golden Anniversaries. As Love and Marriage Experts for and, they provide inspiration and guidance to readers around the globe.

The Doctors know that when it comes to successful and satisfying
relationships, simple things matter most. They understand what makes relationships work because they have conducted over 35 years of research on successful marriages in all 50 US States, all 10 Canadian Provinces and 53 countries on all seven continents of the world, as well as drawing from the personal experiences of their own 50-year marriage.

Dr. Charles D. Schmitz is a highly successful faculty member and administrator in higher education. He is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Counseling and Family Therapy at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, where he has focused on counseling psychology and leadership.  Previously, Dr. Charles was a Professor of Counseling Psychology and Higher and Adult Education at the University of Missouri - Columbia and was Professor of Counseling and Dean at Baylor University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri–Columbia.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Schmitz is a full-time writer and lecturer. She served as an award-winning administrator and educator for 36 years. Elizabeth received her Ed.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and lectured at numerous colleges in the areas of counseling and leadership. She is president of Successful Marriage Reflections in St. Louis, Missouri, where she and Charles reside.

Dr. Charles and Dr. Elizabeth Schmitz have received collectively nearly 70 awards (international, national, state, and local); published over 1100 articles (71 scholarly articles in professional journals and over 1000 Internet articles about love, marriage and relationships); authored/co-authored 16 books/monographs – academic and marriage related; given over 930 public speeches and presentations including multiple keynote addresses; participated in more than 180 radio interviews; given some 50 television interviews; written 172 research and technical reports, book chapters, monographs and scholarly papers; had 75 articles about their work written by others appearing in multiple venues; produced/created 19 photo/music videos; and developed 6 software programs.

Together, the Doctors have written the award-winning books, Building a Love that Lasts, Golden Anniversaries: The Seven Secrets of Successful Marriage and Simple Things Matter in Love and Marriage, and are popular speakers and talk show guests. The focus of their latest book, How to Marry the Right Guy, is on helping women improve their chances of finding the right guy to marry, so they can live happily ever after.

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