“Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on….Bob Newhart”
Isn’t there just something extra special and charming about a man or woman who can make you laugh. My husband is definitely that man for me. It’s one of the best traits he has. Being able to laugh in your relationship adds a completely different and important dimension to your relationship. It adds to your marriage and gives it that extra zing which comes in handy when tensions arise.
Milton Berle once said that “laughter is an instant vacation.” Think about that statement and how it relates to our marriages and remarriages. If we are able to remember that in the instance of an argument we can find something to laugh about then we literally “get away” from the stress and drama of what might be causing our tension. Laughter is more than an efficient tool to have in our (re)marriage tool box, it is essential to the health and emotional state of same.
Laughter is play and good marriages are playful. Couples who can laugh at themselves and together are actually much stronger when situations arise between them. However, keep in mind it is important to have balance when it comes to laughter and joking. There are lots of ways to bring healthy humor and laughter into your marriage. Of course it’s important to remember that sometimes humor can hurt if it isn’t used properly so here are a few tips to guide you along the way:
- Be more aware of humorous moments together
- Be playful together; playing brings on laughter
- Reflect back on the funny situations that have happened in the past with you and your partner
- Keep your humor clean when it comes to your spouse. Don’t offend.
- Your humor should never be at your spouse’s expense (i.e., joking about weight and/or how they look in general. That is hurtful.
My husband is not just my life partner, but my lover, my shoulder to cry on, my best friend and my security blanket. If I have a bad day at work or with a friend, he always has a reason to make me laugh out of the situation. He has an uncanny ability to make me smile even if I don’t feel like it — I really think it’s because he loves to see my big dimples when I smile (only because he tells me that all the time). I guess I could have married a stuffy-shirted serious man but I don’t think I would have had near as much fun as I have with my husband.
Life can be as funny as we make it out to be. Look for laughter in your daily experiences and share them with your spouse and/or significant other. Humor in our relationships builds trust and mutual respect. Take it from me, the benefits are enormous. Let’s get to more laughter TMF Readers. Your relationship is worth it!
Peace & Blessings,