Today, I’ve got a simple idea to help you build a great marriage. It’s fun, too.
Studies show that couples who laugh are healthier, happier, and more connected. Even little giggles between you can create bonds that you’ll share forever.
Laughter is a powerful connecter. In fact, laughter is often more about connection than it is humor. Studies show that we laugh more when we’re with other people than when we’re alone.
Some of my greatest memories involve Jean and me laughing together in the car or around the dinner table. A few times we’ve laughed so hard for so long that we started laughing at each other’s laughing.
Pastor Ted Cunningham encourages couples to strive for a laughter-to-conflict ratio of 100 to 1. That may sound like a lot, but you don’t have to be a comedian to achieve it. Filling your marriage with laughter isn’t about telling jokes to one another. It’s about finding the humor in everyday life.
How do you do that?
Ted is with us on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Bringing Laughter to Your Marriage” to offer insights into the “language” of comedy and shares how to apply different facets of humor to daily life with your spouse. He also explores the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits of laughter.
Proverbs says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22). It’s also true that couples who laugh together lasttogether.
Ted is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, MO. For a gift of any amount, we’ll send you a copy of A Love That Laughs: Lighten Up, Cut loose, and Enjoy Life Together, his brand-new book published by Focus on the Family. For more information, visit our website or call 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).
And while you’re online, why not take a few moments to try our free Marriage Assessment online tool? It will help you quickly determine what’s working well in your relationship and identify areas where you may need some improvement.