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Laughter: One of the keys to a Happy Marriage

“A great marriage isn’t something that just happens; it’s something that must be created.” ~Fawn Weaver

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Laughter is known to soothe tension, reduce stress and can help trigger positive emotions and remove negative feelings of anxiety and fear. I know firsthand that a little humor often goes a long way in making a marriage work. Philip and I rarely argue and laugh a lot. We’ve been married for a little over 10 years and I don’t think there’s a day that goes by where we don’t find something to laugh about.  But adding a dash of humor to your marriage may not come too easily to a lot of couples. So how do you add humor, one of the most important ingredients for a happy marriage? Here are some tips that can come in handy.

Watch Funny Movies and TV Shows

After a long day of work, what’s the best way to unwind? A comedy show or a funny movie can relax both of you and lighten up the mood at home. Philip loves to watch classic comedy shows like Keeping up appearances, while I like more modern shows like The Middle and the viral video show, RightThisMinute. Watching these shows instantly puts us in a good mood and gets us laughing, so try catching up some funny sitcoms and movies every now and then.

Laugh at Yourself

The ability to laugh at yourself and make fun of your actions means you are not taking yourself very seriously. So when you are able to have fun at your own expense, you are not only staying positive but also keeping your spouse happy.

Understand Your Spouse’s Sense of Humor

Humor is a tricky thing too. What you think is funny may not get your spouse laughing. So make sure you understand your spouse’s sense of humor. Does he/she appreciate wit? What kind of jokes do you both enjoy? Philip loves slapstick humor, but I can’t stand it and find it to be a bit disturbing, so you need to be careful to avoid offending your spouse.

Share a Joke

Came across a funny joke at work? How about forwarding it to your spouse? Philip always shares the funny videos he sees on Facebook with me. I tend to send him some of the funny memes I see. Sharing funny stuff is a quick, simple gesture to bring a smile to your spouse’s face helps you get closer. So use technology to stay connected with each other.

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Look for Fun in Everyday Things

There’s humor in everything around us, but we often overlook the funny aspect. By seeing the funny side of things, you and your spouse can always feel positive. So don’t stress all the time and look at the brighter side and have a good laugh. Sharing laughter is the best way to bond with your partner and exchange positive vibes.

Add Humor Around You

Laughter is the best medicine that cures and prevents a lot of ailments. So take small steps to add humor around you. From funny screensavers to pillow cases with witty captions, small changes to the ambience around you can make a big difference in your marriage.

Socialize With Funny People

Another simple yet effective way to add some laughter is to interact more with humorous people. There’s this couple we know that are extremely funny. Both husband and wife are equally funny and they keep us in stitches anytime we get together. A light-hearted evening of fun and revelry guarantees a good time and laughter, so invite witty friends home and spend time to lighten up the mood. The more you surround yourself with funny people, the easier it is to spread some laughter home.

“Happy couples are not sitting around waiting for happiness to find them. They’re making happiness happen.” ~Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

So don’t hold yourself back. No matter how busy you are, do not neglect the benefits of laughter to make your married life enjoyable and fun.

Philip and Diane

What makes you laugh?

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About the author

Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "

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