Laugh More & Strengthen Your Relationship

A few years ago my husband and I found ourselves experiencing a stressful time.

Nothing major had occurred but we were both working long hours for a couple of weeks and both felt a little overwhelmed.

This took its toll on our relationship and we found ourselves bickering about small things (that didn’t actually really matter) which caused even more stress.

In an attempt to break out of the cycle, I suggested that we go to the cinema. It just so happened that the only movie showing was a comedy.

Still feeling like being together was a little forced, we took our seats and watched the film.

We quickly discovered that the movie was hilarious.

We both laughed so much; at one point I was laughing hysterically, and my husband too was nearly falling off his seat with tears pouring down his face.

Any previous tension disappeared as the laughter continued throughout.

Stepping out of the cinema our cheeks ached.

Walking down the street and bursting with joy I took my husband’s hand and said, “I love you when we laugh!”

Saying what I felt, without any thought allowed us to recognise the importance of laughter.

Reflecting back on the previous couple of weeks it became evident that we hadn’t probably laughed together for a while.

I’m reminded of the quote by Essayist and biographer, Agnes Repplier:

“We cannot really love anybody, with whom we never laugh”

Scientific studies have supported this statement by proving that couples who laugh together are more likely to stay together.

‘Laughing together’ or ‘creating laughter’ together appears to be the secret to this success.

If you or your partner are able to provoke laughter within each other, then you are both more likely to be satisfied with both your relationship.

If you want to increase both smiles and laughter within your relationship, why not try these top tips below:

  • Try a good old-fashioned tickle, (I’m serious). Even evolution expert Charles Darwin noted in the late 19th century that tickling was a mechanism for social bonding.
  • Play some fun pranks. Try hiding under the bed when they don’t know that you are there. Jump out of a cupboard and surprise them. Or steal my ‘dress as a gorilla” and walk past the lounge window in the dark at night!
  • Do fun stuff. Go go-karting together. Try a new sport. Book a paddle boarding lesson or try a dance class together. Book experiences that are new and exciting for you both.
  • As above, watch funny movies!
  • Go to an amusement arcade together and feel amused! Compete against each other on the racing cars or play ‘Whack A Duck”. Laughter is guaranteed!
  • Try dating in the dark. Visit Dans Le Noir in London where you dine together in darkness, something I bet you have never experienced before! Trying to guess if you are eating a potato, carrot, beef or venison seems impossible and is highly entertaining!

Bringing more laughter into your relationship, will bring more love.

Funnily enough, as I was writing this blog, my husband passed by. I asked him what makes him laugh when we are together to which he replied, “waking up next to you in the morning my darling”. (Which made us both laugh).

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