Thursday, March 31, 2011

Share Some Laughter

Have you ever heard that laughter is good like a medicine? Well, I’ve got to say that not only is it true for the body, but it’s also good for a relationship. There have actually been medical studies done, proving that laughter releases endorphins, which amongst other things, help in the healing process.

These endorphins are the same chemicals which are released after exercise, creating what is called the “runner’s high,” making the runner feel on top of the world for several hours after running. Just as they help a runner feel good, they’ll make anyone feel good.

So, sharing a laugh together is good for your relationship. When you do, you’re creating that feeling of being on top of the world; even better, you’re creating it together.

What makes you laugh? What makes your wife laugh? More importantly, what is there that makes the two of you laugh? For many of us, what makes us laugh are things which exaggerate experiences we’ve had in life. As a family, we’ve traveled in Mexico a fair amount. So, seeing a movie about someone who’s struggling with the problems of traveling in another country is hilarious for us. Likewise, because of our years living in a motorhome, when we see newbies trying it out, it cracks us up.

One great idea for sharing some time laughing together is to seek our comedies that make fun of experiences you’ve had together. Somewhere, somebody has to have made a movie out of that disastrous vacation experience you had; or that horrendous experience you had with the contractor who was remodeling your house. Now that you’ve had a chance to get over the bad experience, you can share a laugh together, watching somebody else go through it.

Another way to share a laugh is with cartoons. A couple of days ago, I did a posting on “Maintain your Patience Level.” I found a cartoon of a woman about to kill her computer with a sledge hammer, which I used to illustrate the experiences I talked about in that posting. It was real for us, because my wife’s felt that way towards her computer many a time. Because it wsa real, it was also funny, so I printed it out and taped it to the shelf above my wife’s desk. We both got a good laugh out of that one.

There’s got to be at least a zillion comics on the Internet, at least one of them touches on something in your life. Keep your eyes open as you surf, maybe you can find a good laugh to share with your wife. Just make sure it’s not something that she could take as a put down from you. That would ruin the whole idea. You’re looking for a laugh, not trying to make a point.

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