One of my wife, PG's, words of wisdom is, "You live, you learn and then you buy LUVS." Good words. I would like to add-on to this profound quote. "In relationships, you live, you learn, you laugh then you buy LUVS."
Laughter is an underrated aspect of marriage. If you and your spouse can laugh together and at each other it can help sustain your marriage during those roller coaster moments. I am convinced that my marriage to 'PG' has lasted these 17 years because we've been able to laugh. Laughter is contagious. It's also beneficial to life and marriage.
Here are the 7 benefits of laughter in marriage:
- Laughter reduces stress and tension: a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.
- Laughter stimulates the immune system: it boosts your immune system by decreasing stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
- Laughter activates those natural painkillers: laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
- Laugther decreases systemic inflammation: It activates the release of endorphins and relieves muscular tension, thus having an effect on pain, at both a mental and physical level.
- Laughter lifts your spirits: It releases pent-up tensions and social constraints. Laughter offers new perspectives on our lives and our relationship to our spouse, as well as to the rest of the world.
- Laughter brings couples closer: Your spouse is more likely to giggle when you are.
- Laughter can help keep a relationship fresh: Love doesn't exist in a vacuum! We have to share time and activities to keep it thriving. Pay attention to what makes our partners happy.
What are some of the things you do to ensure you and your partner are continually laughing? I would love to hear about them in the comments below. To close, I'll paraphrase Henry Ward Beecher, "A marriage without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs — jolted by every pebble in the road."
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