This is a feature article from Karlyn’s not just Another Baby Boomer She lives in Southern California with her husband, two grown kids and the rambunctious Copper dog. She teaches computer workshops to young people and enjoys freelance writing and design jobs at her leisure.
I’m sure you’ve heard that laughter is the best medicine. Laughter is shown to reduce stress, enrich our lives and help us live longer. Did you know that research has shown that laughter can help ward off illnesses too? Who better than to share the gift of laughter with, than the ones you love.
Keep in mind, that laughing with someone is much more effecting than laughing AT someone. Making fun of someone may provide you with a chuckle, but chances are, the person the
the receiving end of your fun is not feeling the same way. In a relationship, bonding occurs when laughing together at the same things. Laughing together is powerful when life throws you stuff that’s not so funny. Together you’ve become a cohesive unit that can tackle problems together.
On occasion, partners can feel a little lost, or like they don’t have many things in common with each other. This is a good time to share something you both feel is funny. When you both laugh at something, suddenly you are sharing some common ground. The two of you don’t seem miles apart when you’re enjoying the same quirky sense of humor.
Laugh when you are mad? Well, it can be hard to believe that laughter has any place in an argument, but if you can crack a funny joke to lighten the mood, it gives you both the chance to step away from the heated discussion and regroup. Maybe you’ll forget what you were squabbling about or at the very least find a way to work out the problem. Laughter can diffuse bombs.
Slow yourself down when your partner is talking to you and laugh when he says something funny. It’s a little thing that will make both of you feel good. It’s nice to be appreciated when you’ve said something funny, isn’t it?
Laughing, as well as playing together are crucial for a healthy relationship and can really make for a strong bond. Take a look at your own relationship to see if the laughter is still there. If it is, you’re on the right track. If not, you can take steps to add it back in. Perhaps start with a comedy show or a funny movie that will make you both laugh. It’s time to recharge those funny bones because laughter truly is the best medicine for your relationship.
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