We’ve written many times about how important laughter is in a happy, strong and passionate marriage. Laughter relieves tension between you, helps to solidify your bonds and can even be a heck of an aphrodisiac.
Marriage and Family therapist Deanna Kasten has a great article about the importance of laughter in a marriage on the 4Therapy website and we wanted to share some of her observations with you. Take a look and see how you can incorporate more fun and laughter into your marriage.
As Deana says, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to hear that laughter is a very important part of a healthy marriage.
Laughter, as any medical article will tell us, is good for the body, the mind, and the spirit. It is reputed to boost the immune system, clear the mind, and relax the muscles. Is it any surprise then, that laughter is exceedingly good for marriage?”
How many times have you laughed so hard that you ached and then felt so much lighter and less stressed afterwards? Have you ever laughed in the midst of an argument or stressful situation and ended up with a clearer perspective on things and a more positive feeling about the outcome? Laughter has the same effect on a married couple.
Laughing with your spouse strengthens your bond and also helps you to remember what good friends you are. This just solidifies your commitment and also helps you to avoid tension.
Deana puts it this way:
Laughter builds good will, a key ingredient in marriage. Whenever we laugh with someone, we feel positive about that individual; we feel closer. There is a good connection, a union, in that sharing of a comical experience. Can we ever really dislike someone with whom we have laughed long and hard until tears ran down our faces or we had to stop to catch our breath?”
So how can you get more laughter into your marriage? There are a number of things you can do, from watching a funny movie to playing an outrageous board game or just telling each other stories. Or how about a good old fashioned tickle fight? Who says they’re for kids? We’ve had quite a few in our own marriage and they inevitably lead to very unchildlike behavior!
Find a way to share some laughter with your spouse today. It really is good medicine.