[Read: How to Make Love Last.]
Get online. While Page thinks getting introduced to someone is the best way to meet a potential spouse, online dating affords a world of opportunity – and it could actually make marrying in a year possible, she says. "Both men and women lie about age, height and weight," she says, "but if you take the basics of describing themselves, for the most part, people are honest." Just be careful to meet up in a safe place and only once you know someone.
Get your game face on. Smile. No one wants to date Debbie Downer. "Both men and women want somebody who laughs and smiles and has a sense of humor and can be playful, and the men, in particular, do not take criticism well," she says. So, go with a lighter, kinder touch. "I think everything can be wrapped up in a more positive way, and one of the talents in a good relationship is to be able to know big from little, so that you're giving in to all kinds of little things, but on the big ones, you work them out."
[See: 8 Ways to Become an Optimist.]
Get it right. What happens after all that work to get hitched? More work. The last section of the book, "Keeping Love Alive," is devoted to what comes next because, as she says, "What's the point of marrying somebody if you can't enjoy it ?"
Getting it right hinges on good communication. "You're not going to be able to have a good match if you don't feel understood, and you can't feel loved if you don't feel understood. And you can't be understood if you're not willing to communicate and be self-revealing," she says. "And to give that type of love to somebody, you have to be able to hear them and listen."
[Read: How to Be a Good Listener.]