How Laughter is the Best Medicine in a Relationship

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After dating a few guys and realizing they had no sense of humor, I realized it was important for me to find someone who loved to laugh and thought I was funny.

Jim did that, plus he was the funniest person I’d ever met (still is).

Off the top of my head, that’s the biggest thing that’s made our marriage work, and it’s often been the glue that kept us together all these years!!

(Story above shared by my friend Ruthie Gray at

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How laughter is the best medicine in a relationship

One of the things that I most appreciate about my husband is his sense of humor. He makes me laugh and smile and giggle – especially when I am taking myself too seriously.

He also thinks I’m hilarious and laughs at all of my jokes.

Laughter adds so much to a relationship and to a marriage. Click To Tweet

Laughter adds so much to a relationship and to a marriage.

It’s like the frosting on the cupcake, the icing on the cake, and the whipped cream in a great cup of coffee.

Without laughter in a relationship, things can be too intense and too serious. We all need moments when we can laugh, smile, have fun, and enjoy life.

And, we all need these in our dating and marriage relationships.

~ Laughter.

~ A sense of humor.

~ Fun.

~ Smiling.

~ Enjoying the same joke.

~ “Getting” each other’s sense of humor.

These things make such a difference.

And, yet we often forget how much they matter in our relationships.

According to Marriage and Family Counselor Corey at

Laughter is contagious.

It’s also beneficial to life and marriage.

Some Benefits of Laughter:

  • Reduction of stress and tension

  • Stimulation of the immune system

  • An increase of natural painkillers in the blood

  • A decrease in systemic inflammation

  • Reduction of blood pressure

  • Lifts your spirits

  • Brings couples closer together

  • Can help keep a relationship fresh.

As you go through life and marriage…  laughing is the best way to go!

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One of my close friends shares it this way,

“My guy is kind of a dork, and I am too.

That’s what makes it work for us… we get each other and each other’s sense of humor.

And, this makes our relationship more fun.”

The Bible talks about the importance of laughter and joy as well.

 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:22

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A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

Ecclesiastes 3:4

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So Can I ASK You Some Honest Questions about Your Relationship:

  • Do you laugh together?

  • Do you have fun when you are together?

  • Does your relationship make you smile and fill your heart with joy?

  • Or, is your person too serious for you?

  • Is there too much drama and not enough fun?

  • Will you spend your life with this person laughing or will it be too heavy all the time?

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If you are not laughing (or not laughing as much as you used to), try a few of these ideas:

  • Watch an old movie or TV show that you both used to love. Enjoy laughing together.

  • Play a crazy board game with friends.

  • Look around you for things that are funny. There are funny people and situations everywhere.

  • Watch funny videos together on YouTube.

  • Quit taking yourselves and your lives so seriously.

  • Just start laughing. Laughter usually breeds more laughter.

  • Take selfies on your phone and funny videos.

  • Hang out with people who make you laugh.

  • Do something fun that you used to do as kids – play on a playground, roller skate, etc.

  • Learn to laugh at yourself!

  • Find out what makes each other laugh and do more of it

  • Try something new and fun that you’ve never tried before.

A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart, the spirit is crushed. Prov. 15:13 Click To Tweet

A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart, the spirit is crushed.

Proverbs 15:13

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What do you think?

Does laughter matter in your relationship or in your marriage?

How do you and your mate/person add joy, fun, and laughter to your lives?

I always enjoy hearing from you.

Books that May Help You Laugh More:

Articles on Laughter and Laughing More!


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4 thoughts on “How Laughter is the Best Medicine in a Relationship

  1. This is a awesome post Melanie!! My husband Johnny is a Happy,funny and outgoing person. He loves people and when we are out and about He always meet at least 5 people he knows and they are laughing, joking and telling stories every time! I have always been shy and He has pulled me through to not be so reserved with his jokes, funny stories, wanting to play and wrestle. Everyday he finds a way to bring a smile to my face and a little laughter! I thank God for him He bring so much Joy in my life. Thank you for sharing it’s a great reminder that Laughter is good for the soul! Blessings my friend and much ❤️ love 💕

    1. Thank you, Sydell!
      And, you are blessed to be married to a funny and a fun man! Love how much you compliment each other.
      I pray that God will bless you and your marriage.
      Thanks so much for stopping by to share.
      It’s great to hear from you!

  2. My husband makes me laugh all the time—spontaneous dancing, jokes, play on words and thinks it’s really funny to jump out and scare me sometimes. Sometimes when he’s in a bad mood I just try and get him to crack a smile by being silly. I think it’s so important to laugh and be light-hearted because life can be stressful. This is a great post!

    1. Don’t you love that he helps you to laugh!
      That’s a good man that you have!
      Mine is a lot of fun as well. When he gets corny, I can’t help but laugh.
      We are blessed.
      And, I appreciate your kind words today~

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