Harville and Helen have co-launched Relationships First with a simple premise: Healthy couples create healthy families, which in turn nurture children who thrive in their relationships and learning environments. By supporting family relationships, the Relationships First initiative seeks to interrupt the downward cycle of family fragmentation and to ensure greater health and economic security for families. In turn, this reduces violence, strengthens communities, and ultimately raises the joy index of a city.

In addition to spreading the word through public campaigns, Harville and Helen distribute Relationships First Workshops to help couples and families create safe and joyful connections, bringing essential relationship skills out of the clinic and into the public.  While currently the initiative has launched in Dallas, interest has generated in other cities around the world.



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