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The Funny Thing About Humor in Marriage (And 6 principles for more fun in your marriage)

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Humor and fun are critical to a great marriage.

The more humor you have in your marriage the more fun your marriage will become. Having fun together is seriously one of the best things for strengthening your connection in marriage.

See what I did there? Fun is serious. So poetic.

I wish I could say life is always fun and only awesome things happen when you are married. Life has served my wife Hollie and I a dose of serious in the last few months. We’ve struggled at times to find humor in life in the midst of worry and uncertainty. In seasons of stress and chaos humor seems far away. It may take time to trudge through the desert but always be on the lookout for the oasis of humor in your marriage.

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2 benefits of humor in your marriage.

  1. Laughing is healthy. I’m not a doctor but humor is good for your body. I came across a great article on the 7 Health Benefits of Laughter If you clicked on the link you will notice they suggested one of the benefits of laughing is an ab workout. That’s probably a bit of a stretch, I doubt anyone has ever developed a six pack simply from laughing. The other 6 seem legit and having fun is clearly good for your body.
  2. Having fun is well…fun. Having fun is a benefit enough. If you don’t have humor in your marriage you likely think marriage sucks. When you make your marriage fun you will like it more. You don’t have the wrong partner, your marriage is not a doomed, you simply have a fun deficit.

2 common ways couples fail at humor

Just like honesty, you can do humor wrong in marriage.

  1. Refrain from the humor blame game. Saying “It’s your fault we never have any fun” isn’t funny and it kills the mood. Blaming your spouse for the lack of fun in your marriage is damaging to your connection. If your marriage is dull, come together and think of a solution, not an excuse.
  2. Using your spouse as an object of critical humor is the worst. Many comedians specialize in putting people down as their brand of dark humor. This is a terrible idea for marriage. There is nothing worse than using humor to criticize. “I was just kidding” doesn’t even start to undo all the hurt from the cutting remarks you made to others at the expense of your spouse.

2 ways to regain humor in your marriage

  1. Remember the fun times you’ve had together. Recalling time in the past when you laughed is a good way to rekindle fun. Think of inside jokes and crazy stories you share. A while back I got locked in a bathroom at a funeral. The little bathroom was right next to the seating area of the funeral chapel. The door knob was old fashioned, the type that wobble too much. The door knob wouldn’t open the door. I panicked and shook the door knob as vigorously as possible to avoid disturbing the somber funeral gathering only feet away. I ended up knocking on the door while inside. Thankfully my wife rescued me by opening the door from the outside. We looked at each other wide-eyed and shared a silent-as-appropriate-for-a-funeral laugh.door knob
  2. Do something fun with your spouse today. Recently Hollie and I went to see comedian Ken Davis. It was a great way to relax and enjoy good humor together. It’s true, delaying pleasure to meet long term goals is a sign of self control and wisdom, but all work and no play makes a dull and boring marriage. There is deep wisdom in joy. Enjoying time with your spouse is one of the best investments you can make in life. You have permission to have fun with your spouse. Go get ‘em and have some fun. Today.

BONUS tip:

Have fun with other couples. A few years ago Hollie and I went to see the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in person. It was a blast seeing behind the scenes of the show and getting to shake his hand when he walked out on stage. The thing I remember most is how much the audience laughed. I enjoy a good Jay Leno joke but when I was in the audience live, I laughed at everything. Laughing with others is powerful and more fun.


If you are serious about having fun I have a recommendation: Listen to my friend’s podcast “Shop Talk with Ken

ShoptalkheaderMy friend Ken Moore is funny. His podcast “Shop Talk with Ken” is pure random fun. Listening to Ken’s podcast is almost as fun as hanging out with Ken. He’s a natural humorist, umm the word humorist sounds way too formal, simply said he’s a funny guy. I especially enjoy his podcast because it’s clean humor without all the crude of some comedy shows.

From time to time I write a funny blog post about marriage. For more fun check out these other funny posts from MakeSomeWonderful.com

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How to Know if You Need Counseling

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Copyright: diego_cervo / 123RF Stock Photo

Do you need counseling?

That’s like asking a barber if you need a haircut. Of course I believe you need counseling, we all need a little counseling. The right counseling at the right time will make a tremendous impact on your life.

Getting counseling is like seeing your medical doctor. When you are injured physically, it’s important to see a doctor. They are the expert you need to aid in your healing. When you are injured emotionally, it’s important to see a counselor. They are the expert you need in times of crisis. Healing from an injury is profoundly meaningful. The stories of Jesus healing people are awesome because we all have injuries that need a healing touch.

You don’t have to be deeply damaged to benefit from counseling; doctors and counselors also help to prevent injuries. It makes sense to see your medical doctor on a regular basis to prevent medical problems. Likewise, it can be helpful to see a counselor to prevent problems from getting worse or to prepare for inevitable life transitions.

Deciding to get counseling is up to you, no one else can choose it for you. It takes a personal willingness to invest in your health to bring positive change.

You may be interested in the benefits of counseling but the timing doesn’t seem to work. Timing is everything right? How do you know the best time to go to counseling?

Some counselors imply now is always the perfect time to go to counseling. It’s simply not true.

Is now the best time for you to get counseling?
I don’t think so.
It never is.
Stop wondering if it’s the best time.
If you want counseling, do it. Find a counselor and get moving.

We all get support from those around us to some extent. Often that support is exactly what we need, other times it’s lacking. When you need an expert to help you address challenges you are facing, it’s a good time to find a counselor.

I want every married couple to thrive and experience deep connection. Counseling is great, but sometimes even quick reminders, relationship tips, or messages of encouragement can make a big difference. I hope to use this blog to share ways you can Make Some Wonderful in your marriage by providing solid guidance for great connection.

What do you need in order to improve the connection in your marriage?

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