The PBS Television
Special for Valentine's 2003
is a one hour documentary debuting on PBS that looks at the "secrets"
of creating a loving, lasting relationship. This is a show not only about
love, it's about hope.
Love is an enduring mystery to the human race. We don't seem to know where
is comes from, when it will strike, who it will attract us to and if it
will last. Statistically, marriages in America have over a 65% chance of
The upside is that
true love will probably happen to most of us.
The downside is that love does not guarantee a relationship's longevity.
So why do we keep
plunging in and trying to grab the brass ring of love? What can we do
to make the love we have work? What can we do to help it succeed the next
time around? What if we could tap into the "secrets" to relationship
longevity from some of the people who have made it work.
Lasting Love profiles nine real-life couples that have been together for
more than twenty-five years. They tell us the story of how they met and
what their secrets are to a successful, long-term, loving relationship.
Joining our couples
will be renown marriage and relationship expert and best selling author-
Dr. John Gottman. Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage by
using rigorous scientific procedures to observe the habits of married
couples in unprecedented detail over many years. He is the professor of
psychology at the University of Washington and cofounder and codirector
of The Gottman Institute (www.gottman.com).
Our expert advise
is further supported by interviews with our most candid observers - children.
Their commentary offers a level of insight that takes most of us years
of therapy to realize.
What "Last Love" discovers is that from birth to death, love
is not just the focus of human experience. Love is the life force of the
mind, determining our moods, stabilizing our bodily rhythms, and changing
the structure of our brains. Given a chance and some help from the experts,
love can help us discover the very best of ourselves and each other. Perhaps
there is hope after all.